1. lacking a top: 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.

Origin of topless

First recorded in 1580–90; top1 + -less
Related formstop·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for topless

Contemporary Examples of topless

Historical Examples of topless

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

    Helen of Troy

    Andrew Lang

  • Some were in tents, some in topless squares of sacking, or with piles of straw.

    An American Idyll

    Cornelia Stratton Parker

  • This topless kingdom, spreading far beyond the Church, is making many feel that they are better off without the Church.

    What and Where is God?

    Richard La Rue Swain

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


    Henry Festing Jones

  • Was this the face that launched a thousand shipsAnd burnt the topless towers of Ilium?

British Dictionary definitions for topless


  1. having no top
    1. denoting a costume which has no covering for the breasts
    2. wearing such a costume
  2. archaic immeasurably high
Derived Formstoplessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for topless

"bare-breasted," 1966 (earlier it was used of men's bathing suits, 1937); from top (n.1) + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper