[ noun tip-top; adjective tip-top, -top; adverb tip-top ]
/ noun ˈtɪpˌtɒp; adjective ˈtɪpˈtɒp, -ˌtɒp; adverb ˈtɪpˈtɒp /
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the extreme top or summit.
Informal. the highest point or degree: the very tiptop of physical condition.
Chiefly British Informal. the highest social class.
situated at the very top.
Informal. of the highest quality; excellent: a tiptop meal.
in a tiptop manner; very well: It's shaping up tiptop.
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Origin of tiptop

1695–1705; gradational compound; see tip1, top1
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What does tiptop mean?

Tiptop refers to the very top of something or the “top of the top,” as in He climbed to the tiptop of the mountain.

For example, the top of a person could include their neck and shoulders, while the tiptop of a person specifically means their head or even the top of their head.

Informally, tiptop means something is of the highest quality or degree, as in She was at the tiptop of her career. 

As an adjective, tiptop means something is located at the very top, as in Hand me the book on the tiptop shelf. 

Informally, tiptop means something is superb or excellent, as in The contractor did a tiptop job fixing my house. 

As an adverb, tiptop means something is done in a great manner or very well, as in Today, everything is going tiptop. 

Example: The chimpanzee climbed to the tiptop of the tree and gazed across the rainforest.

Where does tiptop come from?

The first records of tiptop come from around 1695. It combines the words tip, meaning “end” or “apex,” and top, meaning “the highest or uppermost part of something.” The tiptop is the extreme top or the “end” of the top.

The word tiptop is usually chosen to highlight how tall or towering something is, as with mountains. Alternatively, it is used to be more specific and narrow down the exact place or point of a location.

Informally, tiptop is a fun word to use to highlight how good something is.

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  • tiptops (plural noun)

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How is tiptop used in real life?

Tiptop used both to mean a high place and to describe something as being great.



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The painter climbed to the tiptop of the ladder to reach the ceiling.

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British Dictionary definitions for tiptop

/ (ˌtɪpˈtɒp) /

adjective, adverb
at the highest point of health, excellence, etc
at the topmost point
the best in quality
the topmost point
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