toupee

[too-pey]
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noun
  1. a man's wig.
  2. a patch of false hair for covering a bald spot.
  3. (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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Related Words for toupee

hairpiece, rug, periwig, peruke, postiche

Examples from the Web for toupee

Historical Examples of toupee

  • "I understand," he said, rising and checking his toupee once more.

    The Observers

    G. L. Vandenburg

  • Midway through the interview Harry noticed that he too was wearing a toupee.

    The Observers

    G. L. Vandenburg

  • Then he lifted off his toupee and held it, poised above his head.

  • They all called it Toupee because it was like one, but the name was forbidden in her father's hearing.

    Marriage

    H. G. Wells

  • "Stow it, Toupee," said Theodore, and caught the hold-all in time.

    Marriage

    H. G. Wells


British Dictionary definitions for toupee

toupee

noun
  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

Word Origin for toupee

C18: apparently from French toupet forelock, from Old French toup top, of Germanic origin; see top 1
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Word Origin and History for toupee
n.

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.

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