- Archaic any sort of wig
- a wig of the type worn by men in the 17th and 18th cent., usually powdered: some types are still worn formally, as by certain judges in Great Britain
Origin of periwigearlier perwyke, altered ; from French perruque: see peruke
Origin of periwigBy folk etymology from Old French perruque; see peruke.
- (historical) wig
(third-person singular simple present periwigs, present participle periwigging, simple past and past participle periwigged)
- To dress with a periwig, or with false hair; to bewig.