[ top-lis ]


  1. lacking a top: tops:

    a topless bathing suit.

  2. nude above the waist or hips:

    topless dancers.

  3. featuring entertainers, waitresses, etc., who are nude above the waist or hips:

    a topless bar.

  4. extremely high:

    a topless mountain.

  5. Obsolete. without a peer.


/ ˈtɒplɪs /


  1. having no top
    1. denoting a costume which has no covering for the breasts
    2. wearing such a costume
  2. archaic.
    immeasurably high
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈtoplessness, noun
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Other Words From

  • topless·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of topless1

First recorded in 1580–90; top 1 + -less
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Example Sentences

She became an immediate success on the Theatre des Champs-Elysees stage, where she appeared topless and wearing a famed banana belt.

It features a topless design, so you won’t have to fumble with a clam-shelled charging case.

At the Ford Bronco launch in Texas in June, Hagerty brought another vintage topless Bronco borrowed from a local owner.

Even so, she was arrested several times for violating laws against nudity and topless dancing.

He would show off images of naked or topless women he claimed to have met through his friend, these people said.

I found, shock horror, old ladies with orange hair sunbathing topless.

A woman in Louisiana can get three years in jail for going topless.

After Kate was photographed topless in France, the appeal of foreign holidays has faded for the young royal couple.

Richardson disguised model consent forms as “sign-in” papers for a topless shoot.

In several photos, the subjects are topless, but they are all males.

The corporal said that this monster was Helen gazing out to sea from the topless towers of Ilium.

As I gained the top in climbing to investigate, an eagle swooped angrily at me from a topless trunk.

Where they had stood, fantastic shapes loomed out of the mist and topless towers rose up spectral to baffle memory.

Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium!

She was topless, heavy breasts marked red with the outline of her bra straps and wires.