- a man's wig.
- a patch of false hair for covering a bald spot.
- (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
Examples from the Web for toupee
Historical Examples of toupee
"I understand," he said, rising and checking his toupee once more.
Midway through the interview Harry noticed that he too was wearing a toupee.
Then he lifted off his toupee and held it, poised above his head.The Radio Boys' Search for the Inca's Treasure
They all called it Toupee because it was like one, but the name was forbidden in her father's hearing.
"Stow it, Toupee," said Theodore, and caught the hold-all in time.
- a wig or hairpiece worn, esp by men, to cover a bald or balding place
- (formerly) a prominent lock on a periwig, esp in the 18th century
Word Origin for toupee
1727, from French toupet "tuft of hair, forelock," diminutive formed from Old French toupe "tuft," from Frankish *top, related to top (n.1) "highest point." Originally an artificial curl or lock on the top of the head; a style, not necessarily a compensation for baldness. In 18c., also sometimes used of a person who wears a toupee. Slang short form toup is recorded from 1959.