[ verb oh-ver-top; noun oh-ver-top ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈtɒp; noun ˈoʊ vərˌtɒp /

verb (used with object), o·ver·topped, o·ver·top·ping.

to rise over or above the top of: a skyscraper that overtops all the other buildings.
to rise above in authority; take precedence over; override: No individual shall overtop the law.
to surpass or excel: a rise in sales that overtopped everyone in the industry.


a top, sometimes sleeveless, designed to be worn over another garment, as a shirt or dress.

Nearby words

  1. overtire,
  2. overtired,
  3. overtly,
  4. overtone,
  5. overtook,
  6. overtopping,
  7. overtower,
  8. overtrade,
  9. overtrick,
  10. overtrump

Origin of overtop

First recorded in 1555–65; over- + top1

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British Dictionary definitions for overtopping


/ (ˌəʊvəˈtɒpɪŋ) /


the rising of water over the top of a barrier


/ (ˌəʊvəˈtɒp) /

verb -tops, -topping or -topped (tr)

to exceed in height
to surpass; excel
to rise over the top of
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Word Origin and History for overtopping



1560s, from over- + top (v.). Related: Overtopped; overtopping.

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