from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A homestead.
- n. Chiefly British A hillock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a homestead, especially one on a hill
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A knoll or hill.
- n. A grove of trees; also, a plain.
- n. A place where a messuage has once stood; the site of a burnt or decayed house.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hillock; a slightly elevated and exposed site; open ground.
- n. A messuage; a house and homestead. Also toftstead.
- n. In English common law:
- n. A messuage the tenant of which is entitled by virtue of it to rights of common in other land in the parish or district.
- n. A piece of ground on which a messuage formerly stood, and which, though the messuage be gone to decay, is still called by a name indicating something more than mere land.
- n. A grove of trees.
Middle English, from Old English, from Old Norse topt; see dem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse 'topt', from Proto-Indo-European *dmpedom "floor", a compound of *dem- "to build" and *ped- "foot". (Wiktionary)