E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
a punster or farceur, with turlupinade, and the verb turlupine&rgrave;. It was usual in the 17th century for play-writers in Italy and France to change their names. Thus Le Grand called himself Belleville in tragedy, and Turlupin in farce; Hugues Guéret took the name of Fléchelles; and Jean Baptiste Poquelin called himself Moliere, but there was a Molière before him who wrote plays.