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tope

1

[ tohp ]

verb (used without object)

, toped, top·ing.
  1. to drink alcoholic liquor habitually and to excess.


verb (used with object)

, toped, top·ing.
  1. to drink (liquor) habitually and to excess.

tope

2

[ tohp ]

noun

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

tope

3

[ tohp ]

noun

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

tope

1

/ təʊp /

noun

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


tope

2

/ təʊp /

verb

  1. to consume (alcoholic drink) as a regular habit, usually in large quantities

tope

3

/ təʊp /

noun

  1. another name for a stupa
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Derived Forms

  • ˈtoper, noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tope1

First recorded in 1645–55; of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of obsolete top “to drink,” in phrase top off, formed on the model of tip off “to drink (a full helping) at a draught,” a special use of top “to tilt”; perhaps from tope, an interjection used in proposing a toast

Origin of tope2

First recorded in 1680–90; of unknown origin

Origin of tope3

First recorded in 1805–15; from Hindi ṭop; probably from Pali or Prakrit thūpo, from Sanskrit stūpa stupa ( def )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tope1

C17: of uncertain origin; compare Norfolk dialect toper dogfish

Origin of tope2

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

Origin of tope3

C19: from Hindi tōp; compare Sanskrit stūpa stupa
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Example Sentences

The iora's cheerful calls still resound through the shady mango tope.

This theory became generally accepted, when suddenly Dr. Bird found a brass plate in a certain Kanara monument, called a tope.

I kept on until the presence of villagers caused me to hide in the tope of trees whence I first saw you.

The Tope is a small shark found in tropical and temperate seas.

The color of the tope is gray above and whitish gray beneath.

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