[ tohp ]
/ toʊp /

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.

Nearby words

  1. topaz quartz,
  2. topazine,
  3. topazolite,
  4. topcastle,
  5. topcoat,
  6. topectomy,
  7. topee,
  8. topeka,
  9. topelius,
  10. toper

Origin of tope

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toped

  • 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


/ (təʊp) /


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


/ (təʊp) /


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


/ (təʊp) /


another name for a stupa

Word Origin for tope

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper