- to drink alcoholic liquor habitually and to excess.
- to drink (liquor) habitually and to excess.
Origin of tope1
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
- a small shark, Galeorhinus galeus, inhabiting waters along the European coast.
- any of various related sharks of small to medium size.
Origin of tope2
First recorded in 1680–90; akin to toper dogfish (Norfolk dial.)
- (in Buddhist countries) a dome-shaped monument, usually for religious relics.
Origin of tope3
First recorded in 1805–15, tope is from the Hindi word ṭop
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Examples from the Web for tope
North from the tope 300 or 400 paces, king Asoka built the city of Ne-le.
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.
- to consume (alcoholic drink) as a regular habit, usually in large quantities
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
- a small grey requiem shark, Galeorhinus galeus, of European coastal waters
- any of various other small sharks
C17: of uncertain origin; compare Norfolk dialect toper dogfish
- another name for a stupa
C19: from Hindi tōp; compare Sanskrit stūpa stupa
Word Origin and History for tope
"to drink heavily," 1650s, of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Italian toppa "done!" a word signifying acceptance of a bet.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper