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

Origin of topping

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

Related forms

un·top·ping, adjective

Definition for topping (2 of 2)

Origin of top

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

Related forms

un·topped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for topping (1 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for topping (2 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for topping (3 of 3)

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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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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