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From Middle English top, toppe, from Old English top (“top, highest part; summit; crest; tassel, tuft; (spinning) top, ball; a tuft or ball at the highest point of anything”), from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (“braid, pigtail, end”), from Proto-Indo-European *dumb- (“tail, rod, staff, penis”). Cognate with Scots tap (“top”), North Frisian top, tap, tup (“top”), Saterland Frisian Top (“top”), West Frisian top (“top”), Dutch top (“top, summit, peak”), Low German Topp (“top”), German Zopf (“braid, pigtail, plait, top”), Swedish topp (“top, peak, summit, tip”), Icelandic toppur (“top”).


top (countable and uncountable, plural tops)

  1. The highest or uppermost part of something.
    1. (irrespective of present orientation) the part of something that is usually the top.
    2. The uppermost part of a page, picture, viewing screen, etc.
    3. A lid, cap or cover of a container.
    4. A garment worn to cover the torso.
    5. (nautical) A framework at the top of a ship's mast to which rigging is attached.
    6. (baseball) The first half of an inning, during which the home team fields and the visiting team bats.
    7. (archaic) The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head.
  2. A child’s spinning toy; a spinning top.
  3. (heading) Someone who is eminent.
    1. (archaic) The chief person; the most prominent one.
    2. The highest rank; the most honourable position; the utmost attainable place.
  4. (BDSM) A dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
  5. (LGBT, slang) A man penetrating or with a preference for penetrating during homosexual intercourse.
  6. (physics) A top quark.
  7. The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.
  8. (ropemaking) A plug, or conical block of wood, with longitudinal grooves on its surface, in which the strands of the rope slide in the process of twisting.
  9. (sound) Highest pitch or loudest volume.
  10. (wool manufacture) A bundle or ball of slivers of combed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out.
  11. (obsolete, except in one sense of phrase on top of) Eve; verge; point.
  12. The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.
  13. (in the plural, slang, dated) Topboots.
  14. (golf) A stroke on the top of the ball.
  15. (golf) A forward spin given to the ball by hitting it on or near the top.
  16. (in restaurants, preceded by a number) (A table at which there is, or which has enough seats for) a group of a specified number of people eating at a restaurant.


top (third-person singular simple present tops, present participle topping, simple past and past participle topped)

  1. To cover on the top or with a top.
  2. To cut or remove the top (as of a tree)
  3. To excel, to surpass, to beat.
  4. To be in the lead, to be at number one position (of).
  5. (Britain, slang) To commit suicide, (rare) to murder.
  6. (BDSM) To be the dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
  7. (slang, gay sexuality, intransitive) To be the partner who penetrates in anal sex.
  8. (slang, gay sexuality, transitive) To anally penetrate.
  9. (archaic) To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower.
  10. (archaic) To predominate.
  11. (archaic) To excel; to rise above others.
  12. (nautical) To raise one end of (a yard, etc.), making it higher than the other.
  13. (dyeing) To cover with another dye.
  14. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade).
  15. (slang, dated) To arrange (fruit, etc.) with the best on top.
  16. (of a horse) To strike the top of (an obstacle) with the hind feet while jumping, so as to gain new impetus.
  17. To improve (domestic animals, especially sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior breeds.
  18. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal.
  19. (golf) To strike (the ball) above the centre; also, to make (a stroke, etc.) by hitting the ball in this way.


top (not comparable)

  1. Situated on the top of something.
  2. (informal) Best; of the highest quality or rank.
  3. (informal) Very good, of high quality, power, or rank.


top (not comparable)

  1. Rated first.

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