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tope

1
[tohp]
verb (used without object), toped, top·ing.
  1. to drink alcoholic liquor habitually and to excess.
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verb (used with object), toped, top·ing.
  1. to drink (liquor) habitually and to excess.
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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

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.
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Origin of tope

2
First recorded in 1680–90; akin to toper dogfish (Norfolk dial.)

tope

3
[tohp]
noun
  1. (in Buddhist countries) a dome-shaped monument, usually for religious relics.
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Origin of tope

3
First recorded in 1805–15, tope is from the Hindi word ṭop
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Historical Examples of tope

  • North from the tope 300 or 400 paces, king Asoka built the city of Ne-le.

    Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

    Fa-Hsien

  • A tope was erected at this last place, which is still existing.

  • At the place there was (subsequently) raised a tope, which is still existing.

  • (Once) there came from one of the kingdoms a devotee to worship at the tope.

  • Over the spot (where his body was burned) there was built a tope, which is still in existence.


British Dictionary definitions for tope

tope

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

tope

2
noun
  1. a small grey requiem shark, Galeorhinus galeus, of European coastal waters
  2. any of various other small sharks
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Word Origin for tope

C17: of uncertain origin; compare Norfolk dialect toper dogfish

tope

3
noun
  1. another name for a stupa
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Word Origin for tope

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