[ too-pey ]
/ tuˈpeɪ /


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.


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Origin of toupee

1720–30; variant of toupet < French, equivalent to Old French to(u)p tuft (< Germanic; see top1) + -et -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for toupee

/ (ˈtuːpeɪ) /


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

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