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[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.
1720-30; variant of toupet < French, equivalent to Old French to(u)p tuft (< Germanic; see top1) + -et -et Unabridged
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  • When the plates were developed, it was discovered that his toupee had slid over one ear.
  • No matter that a toupee, capped teeth and a partly unbuttoned shirt reveal a touch of vanity.
  • Before he could get to his car, a strong wind snatched his toupee from his head and carried it down a dark side street.
  • If you wear a wig or toupee, enter the color of your hair under the wig or toupee.
British Dictionary definitions for toupee


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
C18: apparently from French toupet forelock, from Old French toup top, of Germanic origin; see top1
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Word Origin and History 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.

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Encyclopedia Article for toupee

originally, any raised roll of hair just above the forehead, either natural or artificial; today, a small hairpiece generally covering a bald spot. The toupee developed during the 18th century, when men and women began to comb the front hair over the top line of the wig to create a natural-looking hairline.

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