Definitions

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

  • n. A chronic drinker.

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  • n. Someone who drinks a lot; a drunkard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who topes, or drinks frequently or to excess; a drunkard; a sot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who habitually drinks alcoholic liquors to excess; a hard drinker; a sot.

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

  • n. a person who drinks alcoholic beverages (especially to excess)

Etymologies

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From tope +‎ -er.

Examples

  • 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.

    BY THE TURTLES OF TASMAN

  • 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.

    Picture-Perfect Rogues' Gallery

  • 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.

    Old-Fashioned

  • Karl Johnson as an unreliable toper drifts through the action in a befuddled haze.

    Noises Off - review

  • 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.

    Tony Blair's A Journey memoir released – live blog

  • The captain, a stout teetotaler, and the first mate, an inveterate old toper, got along miserably on board.

    THE QUEENSBERRY RULES OF DISCOURSE

  • 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.

    Seventh-Day Squirt Gun

  • 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.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Henry, thou art welcome to me as ever was flask of wine to a jolly toper!

    The Talisman

  • How is the criminal toper Paul Staines aka Guido Fawkes aka Mr GuF coping with his driving ban and house arrest?

    Archive 2008-05-25

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  • "Hals's relentless jolliness isn't confined to his genre scenes of rollicking topers, such as "Young Man and Woman in an Inn" (1623). The euphoric hero hoists a glass while being attended with fawning approval by a prostitute, a dog, and an innkeeper—three parties, according to a Dutch adage of the time, whose affections come at a cost."

    "Haarlem Shuffle" by Peter Schjeldahl, in the August 8, 2011 issue of the New Yorker, pg 75

    August 26, 2011

  • Repot in reverse.

    July 22, 2007