noun Etymology: modification of Middle French perruque — more at peruke Date: 1529 perukeperiwigged adjective

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  • Periwig — Per i*wig, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perwigged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perwigging}.] To dress with a periwig, or with false hair. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Periwig — Per i*wig, n. [OE. perrwige, perwicke, corrupt. fr. F. perruque; cf. OD. peruyk, from French. See {Peruke}, and cf. {Wig}.] A headdress of false hair, usually covering the whole head, and representing the natural hair; a wig. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • periwig — 1520s, perwyke, popular corruption of perruck, from M.Fr. perruque (see PERUKE (Cf. peruke)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • periwig — [per′ə wig΄] n. [earlier perwyke, altered < Fr perruque: see PERUKE] a wig; specif., one of the type worn by men in the 17th and 18th cent., usually powdered and having the hair gathered together at the back with a ribbon …   English World dictionary

  • periwig — /per i wig /, n. a wig, esp. a peruke. [1520 30; earlier perwyke, alter. of MF perruque PERUKE] * * * …   Universalium

  • periwig — noun /ˈpɛrɪwɪɡ/ wig …   Wiktionary

  • periwig — per|i|wig [ peri,wıg ] noun count a type of white WIG with curls that people wore in the past …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • periwig — see WIG …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • periwig — per·i·wig || perɪwɪg n. wig, cap of hair worn on the head …   English contemporary dictionary

  • periwig — noun a highly styled wig worn formerly by both women and men and retained by judges and barristers as part of their professional dress. Derivatives periwigged adjective Origin C16: alt. of peruke, with wi representing the Fr. u sound …   English new terms dictionary

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