the highest or loftiest point or part of anything; apex; summit.
Synonyms: zenith, acme, peak, pinnacle, vertex.
Antonyms: bottom, base, foot, lowest point.
the uppermost or upper part, surface, etc., of anything.
the higher end of anything on a slope.
the part of anything that is first or foremost; beginning:
Let’s go over it from the top again.
the highest or leading place, position, rank, etc.:
at the top of the class.
the highest point, pitch, or degree:
to talk at the top of one’s voice.
a person or thing that occupies the highest or leading position.
the best or choicest part:
the top of all creation.
a covering or lid, as of a container or vehicle.
any of various outer garments for the upper body, as a blouse, shirt, or sweater:
a sale on cotton tops and shorts.
Nautical. a platform surrounding the head of a lower mast on a ship, and serving as a foothold, a means of extending the upper rigging, etc.
Chemistry. the part of a mixture under distillation that volatilizes first.
Slang. the dominant partner in a sexual relationship or encounter, especially the penetrator in anal intercourse (opposed to ).
Jewelry. (def 27).
the tops, Informal. the most outstanding person or thing in ability, favor, etc.:
As a friend, she’s the tops.
pertaining to, situated at, or forming the top; highest; uppermost; upper:
the top shelf.
highest in degree; greatest:
to pay top prices.
foremost, chief, or principal:
to win top honors in a competition.
verb (used with object), topped, topping.
to furnish with a top; put a top on.
to be at or constitute the top of.
to reach the top of.
to rise above:
The sun had topped the horizon.
to exceed in height, amount, number, etc.
to surpass, excel, or outdo:
That tops everything.
Theater. (in spoken dialogue) to reply in a voice of greater volume or higher pitch:
King Henry must top the crowd noises in his St. Crispin’s Day speech.
to surmount with something specified:
to top a sundae with whipped cream.
to remove the top of; crop; prune:
to top a tall tree.
Synonyms: lop, shear.
to get or leap over the top of (a fence, barrier, etc.).
Chemistry. to distill off only the most volatile part of (a mixture).
to top-dress (land).
Obsolete. to have coitus with (a woman).
verb (used without object), topped, topping.
to rise aloft.
blow one’s top, Informal.
off the top of one’s head, Informal. (def 78).
on top, successful; victorious; dominant:
to stay on top.
on top of,
on top of the world,
over the top,
top oneself, Chiefly British. to kill oneself.
the highest or uppermost part of anything: the top of a hill
the most important or successful position: to be at the top of the class, the top of the table
the part of a plant that is above ground: carrot tops
a thing that forms or covers the uppermost part of anything, esp a lid or cap: put the top on the saucepan
the highest degree or point: at the top of his career
the most important person: he’s the top of this organization
the best or finest part of anything: we’ve got the top of this year’s graduates
the loudest or highest pitch (esp in the phrase top of one’s voice)
the beginning: the top of the hour, at the top of the programme
short for top gear
(cards) the highest card of a suit in a player’s hand
a platform around the head of a lower mast of a sailing vessel, the edges of which serve to extend the topmast shrouds
(chem) the part of a volatile liquid mixture that distils first
a garment, esp for a woman, that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips
(informal) blow one’s top, to lose one’s temper
on top of
off the top of one’s head, with no previous preparation; extempore
over the top
the top of the morning, a morning greeting regarded as characteristic of Irishmen
of, relating to, serving as, or situated on the top: the top book in a pile
(Brit, informal) excellent: a top night out
verb (mainly transitive) tops, topping, topped
to form a top on (something): to top a cake with whipped cream
to remove the top of or from: to top carrots
to reach or pass the top of: we topped the mountain
to be at the top of: he tops the team
to exceed or surpass
(slang) to kill
(also intransitive) (sport)
(chem) to distil off (the most volatile part) from a liquid mixture
to add other colorants to (a dye) in order to modify the shade produced
top and tail
a toy that is spun on its pointed base by a flick of the fingers, by pushing a handle at the top up and down, etc
anything that spins or whirls around
sleep like a top, to sleep very soundly
“highest point,” Old English top “summit, crest, tuft,” from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (cf. Old Norse toppr “tuft of hair,” Old Frisian top “tuft,” Old Dutch topp, Dutch top, Old High German zopf “end, tip, tuft of hair,” German Zopf “tuft of hair”); no certain connections outside Germanic except a few Romanic words probably borrowed from Germanic.
Few Indo-European languages have a word so generic, which can be used of the upper part or surface of just about anything. More typical is German, which has Spitze for sharp peaks (mountains), oberfläche for the upper surface of flat things (such as a table). Top dog first attested 1900; top-drawer (1920) is from British expression out of the top drawer “upper-class.”
“toy that spins on a point,” late Old English top, probably a special use of top (n.1), but the modern word is perhaps via Old French topet, which is from a Germanic source akin to the root of English top (n.1). As a type of seashell, first recorded 1680s.
“put a top on,” 1580s, from top (n.1). The meaning “be higher or greater than” also is first recorded 1580s. Related: Topped; topping. To top off “finish” is colloquial from 1836;
(also tootsie or tootsy or tootsiewootsie or tootsy-wootsy) A woman; doll • Often used in address, often disparagingly, and as a nickname: Not any more, toots, not any more, my precious darling angel/ How about one of those tootsiewootsies?/ He was also paying for a penthouse apartment on Park Avenue for his tootsie
[entry form 1936+, tootsie-wootsie 1895+; perhaps fr tootsie]
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