tope

1
[ tohp ]
/ toʊp /
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verb (used without object), toped, top·ing.

to drink alcoholic liquor habitually and to excess.

verb (used with object), toped, top·ing.

to drink (liquor) habitually and to excess.

Origin of tope

1
1645–55; variant of obsolete top to drink, in phrase top off (on the model of tip off to drink (a full helping) at a draught), special use of top to tilt. See topple

Definition for tope (2 of 3)

tope

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[ tohp ]
/ toʊp /

noun

a small shark, Galeorhinus galeus, inhabiting waters along the European coast.
any of various related sharks of small to medium size.

Origin of tope

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First recorded in 1680–90; akin to toper dogfish (Norfolk dial.)

Definition for tope (3 of 3)

tope

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[ tohp ]
/ toʊp /

noun

(in Buddhist countries) a dome-shaped monument, usually for religious relics.

Origin of tope

3
First recorded in 1805–15, tope is from the Hindi word ṭop
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British Dictionary definitions for tope (1 of 3)

tope

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/ (təʊp) /

verb

to consume (alcoholic drink) as a regular habit, usually in large quantities
Derived Formstoper, noun

Word Origin for tope

C17: from French toper to keep an agreement, from Spanish topar to take a bet; probably because a wager was generally followed by a drink

British Dictionary definitions for tope (2 of 3)

tope

2
/ (təʊp) /

noun

a small grey requiem shark, Galeorhinus galeus, of European coastal waters
any of various other small sharks

Word Origin for tope

C17: of uncertain origin; compare Norfolk dialect toper dogfish

British Dictionary definitions for tope (3 of 3)

tope

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/ (təʊp) /

noun

another name for a stupa

Word Origin for tope

C19: from Hindi tōp; compare Sanskrit stūpa stupa
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Word Origin and History for tope

tope


v.

"to drink heavily," 1650s, of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Italian toppa "done!" a word signifying acceptance of a bet.

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