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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.


    Norman Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for toped


  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


  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


  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



"to drink heavily," 1650s, of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Italian toppa "done!" a word signifying acceptance of a bet.

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