from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that removes tops or puts tops on.
  • noun A woman's short, lightweight coat.
  • noun Informal A top hat.
  • noun One that is exceedingly or surpassingly good of its kind.
  • noun Informal Something, such as a witticism, that surpasses all that has gone before.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An exceptionally high sea or wave.
  • noun One who or that which tops.
  • noun One who or that which excels; anything surpassing or extraordinary.
  • noun A blow on the head.
  • noun Same as float-file (which see, under file).
  • noun The stump of a smoked cigar; the tobacco which is left in the bottom of a pipe-bowl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq., Slang, colloq., Slang One that tops, in any sense of the verb
  • noun colloq., Slang, Slang A cover of a top layer or part.
  • noun Slang One that excels, surpasses, or is extraordinary of its kind.
  • noun Any device for cutting off tops.
  • noun One who tops steel ingots.
  • noun A three-square float (file) used by comb makers.
  • noun Slang or Colloq. A top hat.
  • noun Slang Tobacco left in the bottom of a pipe bowl; -- so called from its being often taken out and placed on top of the newly filled bowl. Also, a cigar stump.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something that is on top.
  • noun A top hat.
  • noun Something for removing the top of something.
  • noun Something that exceeds those previous in a series, as a joke or prank.
  • noun A single-handed dinghy, 11 foot (3.6 metres) in length, with only one sail.
  • noun Head, chief.
  • noun dated, slang A fine or remarkable person.

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

  • noun an exceedingly good witticism that surpasses all that have gone before
  • noun a woman's short coat
  • noun a worker who cuts tops off (of trees or vegetables etc.)
  • noun a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur
  • noun the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others
  • noun a worker who makes or adds the top to something


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