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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One that tops, in any sense of the verb
  • n. A cover of a top layer or part.
  • n. One that excels, surpasses, or is extraordinary of its kind.
  • n. Any device for cutting off tops.
  • n. One who tops steel ingots.
  • n. A three-square float (file) used by comb makers.
  • n. A top hat.
  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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