adjective, adverb

on or at the top.


on the top of: atop the flagpole.

Origin of atop

First recorded in 1650–60; a-1 + top1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for atop


Examples from the Web for atop

Contemporary Examples of atop

Historical Examples of atop

  • When we were once atop and about to cook our cutlets, we, you and I, nearly came to blows.'

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • As good a seaman as he was would have fetched port afore this if he was atop of water.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • From a point of vantage, atop the Ertak, we watched for the end.

    The Terror from the Depths

    Sewell Peaslee Wright

  • The ocean is always trying to lift her atop and not hold her under water.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly

  • “Drop her atop of the little rock as I say when,” growled Josh.


    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for atop



on top; at the top


on top of; at the top of
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for atop

1650s, from a- (1) + top. Two words or hyphenated at first; not fully established as one word till late 19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper