American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chronic drinker.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who habitually drinks alcoholic liquors to excess; a hard drinker; a sot.
- n. now literary Someone who drinks a lot; a drunkard.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who topes, or drinks frequently or to excess; a drunkard; a sot.
- n. a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)
- From tope + -er. (Wiktionary)
“Nor could Polly's later explanation that the last word was "happy," and not "drunk," reconcile him; for she had been compelled to admit that the old king was a toper, and that he was always in his cups when he struck up the chant.”
“The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Bequest of Benjamin Altman 'Young Man and Woman in an Inn ("Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart")' (1623) The selection spans most of Hals's career, beginning with the bawdy "Merrymakers at Shrovetide" (c. 1616-17), a densely packed image of revelers that pits a red-faced toper against a young blonde whose flushed cheeks accord nicely with her coral jewelry and elegant, lace-trimmed red dress.”
“Classic cocktail bars are to the toper what the new crop of “classic” baseball stadiums are to the sports fan — places where we can cheer a return to our roots.”
“Karl Johnson as an unreliable toper drifts through the action in a befuddled haze.”
“By the standards of days gone by I was not even remotely a toper, and I couldn't do lunchtime drinking except on Christmas Day, but if you took the thing everyone lies about – units per week – I was definitely at the other limit.”
“The captain, a stout teetotaler, and the first mate, an inveterate old toper, got along miserably on board.”
“I regard it as an acceptable vice as long as the toper in question doesn't get all publicly drunk on Jesus or Mohamed or the Easter Bunny or whatever and start trying to stone the unbelievers.”
“I grant you, indeed, that speech is a faculty of some value in the intercourse of human affairs, and I will not even insist on the doctrine of that Pythagorean toper, who was of opinion that over a bottle speaking spoiled conversation.”
“Henry, thou art welcome to me as ever was flask of wine to a jolly toper!”
“How is the criminal toper Paul Staines aka Guido Fawkes aka Mr GuF coping with his driving ban and house arrest?”
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