Toupee meaning

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A wig of false hair worn to cover a bald spot, especially as worn by a man.
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The definition of a toupee is a small wig used to cover the bald spot on top of the head.

An example of a toupee is the piece of hair that blew off the man’s head on a windy day.

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A partial wig or hairpiece worn to cover a bald spot.
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A curl or lock of hair worn during the 1700s as a topknot on a periwig.
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A curl or lock of hair worn on top of the head, sometimes as part of a wig.
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A man's wig, esp. a small one for covering a bald spot.
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Origin of toupee

  • French toupet diminutive of Old French toupe tuft of hair from Frankish top

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1727, from French toupet (“small tuft of hair, forelock"), from Middle French toupet (“small tuft of hair, forelock"), from Old French toupet (“small tuft of hair, forelock"), diminutive of toupe, top (“tuft of hair"), from Frankish *topp (“summit, crest, tuft of hair"), from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (“summit, crest, tuft of hair"). Cognate with Old Dutch topp (“top") (Dutch top), Old Frisian top (“summit, crest, tuft of hair"), Old English top (“summit, crest, tuft of hair"), Old High German zopf (“end, summit, tuft of hair"), Old Norse toppr (“tuft of hair, forelock"). More at top.

    From Wiktionary