from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To drink (liquor) habitually and excessively or engage in such drinking.
  • n. A small, rough-skinned, widely distributed shark (Galeorhinus galeus) having an elongated conical snout.
  • n. See stupa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, grey, European shark, Galeorhinus galeus, that has rough skin and a long snout.
  • v. To drink excessively; to get drunk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A moundlike Buddhist sepulcher, or memorial monument, often erected over a Buddhist relic.
  • n. A grove or clump of trees.
  • n. A small shark or dogfish (Galeorhinus galeus syn. Galeus galeus), native of Europe, but found also on the coasts of California and Tasmania; -- called also toper, oil shark, miller's dog, and penny dog.
  • n. The wren.
  • intransitive v. To drink hard or frequently; to drink strong or spiritous liquors to excess.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drink alcoholic liquors to excess, especially to do so habitually.
  • Same as top.
  • n. An Australasian shark, Galeus australis. It differs somewhat from Galeus galeus, the tope of Great Britaiu. In Australia also called school-shark. E. E. Morris, Austral English.
  • n. A kind of shark, the miller's-dog or penny-dog, Galeorhinus galeus, or Galeus canis; also, one of several related sharks of small size, some of them also called dogfish.
  • n. The European wren.
  • n. The popular name for a type of Buddhist monument, which may be considered as a tumulus of masonry, of domical or tower-like form, many specimens of which occur in India and southeastern Asia, intended for the preservation of relics or the commemoration of some event.
  • n. In India, a grove or clump of trees: as, a toddy- tope; a cane -tope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dome-shaped shrine erected by Buddhists
  • v. drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic


Possibly from obsolete tope, interjection used in proposing a toast.
Origin unknown.
Hindi top, probably from Prakrit thūpo, from Sanskrit stūpaḥ, tuft of hair, crown of the head, summit, stupa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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