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tope1

[tohp]
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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 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
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Historical Examples

  • Scheffel was a kindly and erudite old toper, who toped himself into Elysium via countless quarts of Affenthaler.

    Alone

    Norman Douglas


British Dictionary definitions for toped

tope1

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

Word Origin

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

tope2

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

C17: of uncertain origin; compare Norfolk dialect toper dogfish

tope3

noun
  1. another name for a stupa
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Word Origin

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

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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