a hard drinker or chronic drunkard.

Origin of toper

First recorded in 1665–75; tope1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toper

Historical Examples of toper

  • The din of the drinkers subsided at length, and toper after toper was helped to his bed.

  • She burst open his door while he was still dressing: 'Well, Toper!'

  • Ben the toper loved his bottle,—Charley only loved the lasses!

    Paul Clifford, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "He ain't no boy o' mine," said the toper, with no little indignation in his tones.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • Squire Simonton renewed his efforts to secure the reform of the toper.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

Word Origin and History for toper

1670s, from tope!, exclamation used in drinking (1650s), from French or Italian, originally a word of acceptance in a wager, etc. Cf. tope (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper