noun /ˈtəʊpə/
Someone who drinks a lot; a drunkard.

The liquor soon mounted into their heads, as it generally does even with the arrantest topers newly landed from sea, and they began capering about most obstreperously.

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  • toper — [ tɔpe ] v. intr. <conjug. : 1> • 1659; « appliquer en jetant » XIIe; du rad. expressif topp ♦ Accepter un défi, un enjeu; taper dans la main, heurter le verre... (du partenaire) pour signifier qu on accepte, qu on conclut le marché. « Qui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • toper — TOPER. v. n. Terme du jeu de dez qui signifie, Demeurer d accord d aller d autant que met au jeu celuy contre qui on joüe. J ay massé vingt pistoles, il n y a pas voulu toper. On dit absolument, Tope, pour dire, Je tope. L un des joüeurs ayant… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Toper — To per (t[=o] p[ e]r), n. One who topes, or drinks frequently or to excess; a drunkard; a sot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toper — 1670s, from tope!, exclamation used in drinking (1650s), from French or Italian, originally a word of acceptance in a wager, etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • toper — *drunkard, inebriate, alcoholic, dipsomaniac, sot, soak, tosspot, tippler …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • toper — [tō′pər] n. a person who topes; drunkard …   English World dictionary

  • TÔPER — v. n. T. de Jeu de dés. Consentir à aller d autant que met au jeu celui contre qui on joue. J ai mâssé vingt pistoles, il n y a pas voulu tôper.   Elliptiq., Tôpe, Je tôpe, ou j accepte votre offre. L un des joueurs ayant dit, Mâsse dix pistoles …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • toper — Tope Tope, n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A small shark or dogfish ({Galeorhinus galeus} syn. {Galeus galeus}), native of Europe, but found also on the coasts of California and Tasmania; called also {toper}, {oil shark}, {miller s dog}, and {penny dog}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toper — tope ► VERB archaic or literary ▪ habitually drink alcohol to excess. DERIVATIVES toper noun. ORIGIN perhaps from obsolete top «overbalance» …   English terms dictionary

  • toper — noun Date: 1661 one that topes; especially drunkard …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • TOPER — v. intr. Frapper dans la main. Il s’emploie surtout figurément et familièrement et signifie Consentir à une offre, adhérer à une proposition. Nous voilà d’accord, topez là. Tope là et absolument Tope, Volontiers, d’accord …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

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