topnotch

or top-notch

[top-noch]

adjective

first-rate: a topnotch job.

Nearby words

  1. topmast,
  2. topmaul,
  3. topminnow,
  4. topmost,
  5. topneck,
  6. topo,
  7. topo-,
  8. topoanesthesia,
  9. topochemistry,
  10. topog.

Origin of topnotch

First recorded in 1820–30; top1 + notch

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British Dictionary definitions for top-notch

top-notch

adjective

informal excellent; superb
Derived Formstop-notcher, noun

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Word Origin and History for top-notch

top-notch

adj.

also top notch, 1848, from top (n.1) + notch (n.). Figurative of the "highest point" of something, but the exact mechanical image is uncertain.

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