topping

[ top-ing ]
/ ˈtɒp ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that tops.
a distinct part forming a top to something.
something put on a thing at the top to complete it, as a sauce or garnish placed on food.
toppings, the parts removed in topping or cropping plants, as branches.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. toponymy,
  2. topos,
  3. topotype,
  4. topper,
  5. toppie,
  6. topping lift,
  7. topple,
  8. toprail,
  9. tops,
  10. topsail

Origin of topping

1300–50; Middle English: top part; see top1, -ing1, -ing2

Related formsun·top·ping, adjective

Origin of top

1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch top, German Zopf, Old Norse toppr “top”

Related formsun·topped, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for topping

topping

/ (ˈtɒpɪŋ) /

noun

something that tops something else, esp a sauce or garnish for food
angling part of a brightly-coloured feather, usually from a golden pheasant crest, used to top some artificial flies

adjective

high or superior in rank, degree, etc
British slang excellent; splendid

top

1
/ (tɒp) /

noun

adjective

of, relating to, serving as, or situated on the topthe top book in a pile
British informal excellenta top night out

verb tops, topping or topped (mainly tr)


Word Origin for top

Old English topp; related to Old High German zopf plait, Old Norse toppr tuft

top

2
/ (tɒp) /

noun

a toy that is spun on its pointed base by a flick of the fingers, by pushing a handle at the top up and down, etc
anything that spins or whirls around
sleep like a top to sleep very soundly

Word Origin for top

Old English, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for topping
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Idioms and Phrases with topping

top

In addition to the idioms beginning with top

  • top banana
  • top brass
  • top dog
  • top dollar
  • top drawer
  • top off
  • top out
  • top to toe

also see:

  • at the top of one's lungs
  • big top
  • blow one's top
  • brass hat (top brass)
  • from head to toe (top to toe)
  • off the top of one's head
  • on top
  • on top of
  • on top of the world
  • over the top
  • sleep like a log (top)
  • thin on top
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