- a person, group, or nation that has acquired a position of highest authority.
- the winner of a competition or rivalry; champion: He was determined to be top dog at the swimming meet.
- Animal Behavior. the alpha male or alpha female in a dominance hierarchy.
Origin of top dog
Related Words for top dogadministrator, guru, ruler, boss, director, judge, manager, commander, owner, instructor, teacher, representative, minister, executive, bureaucrat, commissioner, agent, officer, leader, secretary
Examples from the Web for top dog
Historical Examples of top dog
We may love to be top-dog, but we do prefer to get it off our own bat.John Brown
Captain R. W. Campbell
The late under-dog now intended to bite and worry as the top-dog had done.A Son of Perdition
He has always been top-dog—bright, light, strong, unassailable.The Little Lady of the Big House
Carcajou, like a good many other places, commonly favored the top-dog when it came to betting.The Peace of Roaring River
George van Schaick
In the one case, one proves himself top-dog of the mind; in the other, top-dog of the muscle.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
- informal the leader or chief of a group
see top banana.