[ too-pey ]
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  1. a man's wig.

  2. a patch of false hair for covering a bald spot.

  1. (formerly) a curl or an artificial lock of hair on the top of the head, especially as a crowning feature of a periwig.

Origin of toupee

1720–30; variant of toupet<French, equivalent to Old French to(u)p tuft (<Germanic; see top1) + -et-et

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How to use toupee in a sentence

  • Applicant number three, Mr. Boles, was not only wearing a toupee but had gone one step further.

    The Observers | G. L. Vandenburg
  • He was a short, thick-set man, with his white-grey hair carefully brushed up into a toupee, the fashion of his youth.

    Old and New London | Walter Thornbury
  • Yet the Doctor, whose heels were thicker and his toupee higher, was six feet two without those advantages.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet | Walter Besant and James Rice

British Dictionary definitions for toupee


/ (ˈtuːpeɪ) /

  1. a wig or hairpiece worn, esp by men, to cover a bald or balding place

  2. (formerly) a prominent lock on a periwig, esp in the 18th century

Origin of toupee

C18: apparently from French toupet forelock, from Old French toup top, of Germanic origin; see top 1

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