- a hard drinker or chronic drunkard.
Origin of toper
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Examples from the Web for toper
The din of the drinkers subsided at length, and toper after toper was helped to his bed.The Shadow of a Crime
She burst open his door while he was still dressing: 'Well, Toper!'The Crimson Fairy Book
Ben the toper loved his bottle,—Charley only loved the lasses!Paul Clifford, Complete
"He ain't no boy o' mine," said the toper, with no little indignation in his tones.
Squire Simonton renewed his efforts to secure the reform of the toper.
Word Origin and History for toper
1670s, from tope!, exclamation used in drinking (1650s), from French or Italian, originally a word of acceptance in a wager, etc. Cf. tope (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper