From Old High German zoph (“lock”), from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (“braid, pigtail, end”), from Proto-Indo-European *dumb- (“tail, rod, staff, penis”). Cognate to German Topp, Dutch top, English top.
- Some speakers may consider it more correct to include only braided plaits in the term, but this is by no means the general rule.
Declension of Zopf
- Zopf in Duden online