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tope

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[ 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.
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Origin of tope

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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

Other definitions for tope (2 of 3)

tope2
[ 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; of unknown origin

Other definitions for tope (3 of 3)

tope3
[ tohp ]
/ toʊp /

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

Origin of tope

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First recorded in 1805–15; from Hindi ṭop; probably from Pali or Prakrit thūpo, from Sanskrit stūpa stupa
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British Dictionary definitions for tope (1 of 3)

tope1
/ (təʊp) /

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

Derived forms of tope

toper, 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)

tope2
/ (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)

tope3
/ (təʊp) /

noun
another name for a stupa

Word Origin for tope

C19: from Hindi tōp; compare Sanskrit stūpa stupa
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