American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A partial wig or hairpiece worn to cover a bald spot.
- n. A curl or lock of hair worn during the 18th century as a topknot on a periwig.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A curl or artificial lock of hair, especially on the top of the head or as a sort of crowning feature of a periwig; a periwig having such a top-knot: hence, an artificial patch of hair worn to cover a bald spot or other defect.
- n. A wig of false hair worn to cover a bald spot, especially as worn by a man.
- n. obsolete A little tuft; a curl or artificial lock of hair.
- n. obsolete A small wig, or a toppiece of a wig.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A little tuft; a curl or artificial lock of hair.
- n. A small wig, or a toppiece of a wig.
- n. a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness
- 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 (Dutch top, "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. (Wiktionary)
- French toupet, diminutive of Old French toupe, tuft of hair, from Frankish *top. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(In his case, the word toupee seems inadequate, since he is sporting much more than just a piece.)”
“The man with the toupee is one of the two men "behind the curtain.”
“When I uploaded it to Flickr people started commenting on the "toupee" - I got such a giggle out of this!”
“It was packed that night with the usual Johnny Quest types: men in toupee’s, fat successful women and skinny loser types, all vying for each other’s attention.”
“Note Frank's carefully crafted non-toupee aka comb-over.”
“Poor Bill Frist, he was SO pissed, his toupee was askew.”
“Getting a toupee is the next step for a man desperate to hold on to his youth.”
“What kind of toupee?" the child inquired, interested.”
“There are photographs of other noses, built up with nose-paste or, preferably, with "toupee" paste; one is of Falstaff, another of Shylock, and there is also one called "the Professor.”
“By which the author clearly means that half the battle is won when, by the aid of nose-paste or "toupee" paste and grease-paint, powder, crêpe hair, spirit-gum, wig and the like, one has arrived at looking like the character.”
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