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
Origin of periwigearlier perwyke, altered ; from French perruque: see peruke
A wig, especially a 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.