tou·​pee | \ tü-ˈpā How to pronounce toupee (audio) \

Definition of toupee

1 : a wig or section of hair worn to cover a bald spot
2 : a curl or lock of hair made into a topknot on a periwig or natural coiffure also : a periwig with such a topknot

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Examples of toupee in a Sentence

the weatherman calmly adjusted his toupee after the wind nearly blew it off
Recent Examples on the Web The Colombian man reportedly caught smuggling cocaine under a badly fitting toupee may have been outdone. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Man crashes van with $140 million worth of meth into parked police cars in ‘easiest drug bust’ ever, police say," 23 July 2019 Ten of the crumbling craters now sport bright green turf toupees. Henry Brean, azcentral, "Pranksters give Tucson potholes bright green turf toupees," 1 Feb. 2020 At Roddenberry's insistence, Stewart did the audition wearing a toupee, which the actor FedExed in from England. Bill Higgins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Flashback: Patrick Stewart First Came to L.A. — in Tights and a Toupee — in 1968," 26 Jan. 2020 With his bushy blond toupee, exaggerated eyebrows and walrus-like mustache, Mr. Taylor was a striking presence. Lindsey Behr, Washington Post, "Rip Taylor, madcap comic personality, dies," 7 Oct. 2019 Alongside the teaser, The Hollywood Reporter also has the film's exclusive first look, showing Seinfeld star Jason Alexander (wearing a toupee). Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Christian Film Industry Satire 'Faith Based' Takes Swipe at Breitbart, Fox News in Teaser (Exclusive)," 2 Jan. 2020 The glossy black toupee of an aspiring Sicilian shepherd boy sat awkwardly on his reddish mullet. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 Not pictured is the hat that police say the toupee bulged out of. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "If nerves didn’t give this smuggler away, it was probably the pound of cocaine under his toupee," 16 July 2019 With his bushy blonde toupee, exaggerated eyebrows and walrus-like mustache, Taylor was a striking presence. Lindsey Bahr,, "Rip Taylor, flamboyant television comedian and actor, dies at 88," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of toupee

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for toupee

French toupet forelock, from Old French, diminutive of top, toup, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zopf tuft of hair — more at top entry 1

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“Toupee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of toupee

: a small wig that is worn by a man to cover a bald spot on his head

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