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 According to a new report from Mastercard, toupee and wig store sales increased by 75 percent for the period May 2020 to 2021, compared to February 2019 to February 2020. NBC News, 6 July 2021 The Colombian man reportedly caught smuggling cocaine under a badly fitting toupee may have been outdone. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, 23 July 2019 Ten of the crumbling craters now sport bright green turf toupees. Henry Brean, azcentral, 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, 26 Jan. 2020 With his bushy blond toupee, exaggerated eyebrows and walrus-like mustache, Mr. Taylor was a striking presence. Lindsey Behr, Washington Post, 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, 2 Jan. 2020 The glossy black toupee of an aspiring Sicilian shepherd boy sat awkwardly on his reddish mullet. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 Not pictured is the hat that police say the toupee bulged out of. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, 16 July 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 20 Oct. 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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