topper

[top-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that tops.
  2. a woman's loose, usually lightweight topcoat, especially one that is knee-length or shorter.
  3. Informal. top hat.
  4. capper(def 2).
  5. British Slang. an excellent or well-liked person or thing.

Origin of topper

First recorded in 1665–75; top1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for topper

Contemporary Examples of topper

  • The look was subtle, sweet and screamed “au natural”—even though she paid $75 for the topper.

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    Flower Crowns Are Phony and Must Die

    Sara Lieberman

    September 5, 2014

  • Suicidal course ... changes nothing ... quasi-socialist country ... and of course, the topper: a war on capitalism.

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    Michael Tomasky on the GOP’s Michigan Giveaway

    Michael Tomasky

    February 27, 2012

  • In her defense, the former Mrs. Topper Mortimer claims to have been caught unawares by the crew herself.

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    A Socialite's Revenge

    Jacob Bernstein

    March 9, 2010

  • Her marriage to Topper Mortimer—whose family once ran Standard Oil—has only aided her ascent.

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    A Socialite's Revenge

    Jacob Bernstein

    March 9, 2010

  • Turns out, Topper doesn't know they used the footage because she hasn't had the heart to tell him.

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    A Socialite's Revenge

    Jacob Bernstein

    March 9, 2010

Historical Examples of topper

  • She heard no sound, and Mr. Bast's topper was missing from the hall.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Awfully well read and a topper at classics and history, and sang like a bird.

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

  • Topper, a bachelor.Dick Wilkins, a fellow apprentice of Scrooge's.

    A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

  • Oh, how I should have liked to give him a topper with the pole!

    Dick o' the Fens

    George Manville Fenn

  • “That was a topper for him, Ydoll,” said Joe, as they stood outside.

    Sappers and Miners

    George Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for topper

topper

noun
  1. an informal name for top hat
  2. a person or thing that tops
  3. informal a remark that caps the one before
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

Word Origin and History for topper
n.

"the best (of anything)," 1709, originally slang, agent noun from top (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper