[ top-uhl ]
/ ˈtɒp əl /

verb (used without object), top·pled, top·pling.

to fall forward, as from having too heavy a top; pitch; tumble down.
to lean over or jut, as if threatening to fall.

verb (used with object), top·pled, top·pling.

to cause to topple.
to overthrow, as from a position of authority: to topple the king.

Nearby words

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

Origin of topple

1535–45; earlier top to tilt, topple (see tope1) + -le

Related formsun·top·pled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for topple


/ (ˈtɒpəl) /


to tip over or cause to tip over, esp from a height
(intr) to lean precariously or totter
(tr) to overthrow; oust

Word Origin for topple

C16: frequentative of top 1 (verb)

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Word Origin and History for topple



1580s, "tumble down," earlier "to tumble or roll about" (1540s), from top (v.) + frequentative suffix -le. Related: Toppled; toppling.

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