tops

[ tops ]
/ tɒps /
Informal.

adjective

ranked among the highest, as in ability, performance, comprehensiveness, or quality: His work is tops. That car is tops.

adverb

at a maximum; at most: It'll take an hour, tops. I'll give you $25 for that, tops.

noun

the tops. top1(def 22).

Nearby words

  1. toppie,
  2. topping,
  3. topping lift,
  4. topple,
  5. toprail,
  6. topsail,
  7. topsail schooner,
  8. topscore,
  9. topside,
  10. topsmelt

Origin of tops

First recorded in 1930–35; plural of top1

Origin of top

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

Related formsun·topped, adjective

top

2
[ top ]
/ tɒp /

noun

a toy, often inversely conical, with a point on which it is made to spin.

Origin of top

2
before 1100; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Frisian, dialectal Dutch top

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British Dictionary definitions for tops

tops

/ (tɒps) slang /

noun

a person or thing of top quality

adjective

(postpositive) excellent; superb

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 tops
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Idioms and Phrases with tops

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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