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This page has 116 definitions of top with English translations in 17 languages. Top is a noun, verb, an adjective and adverb. Examples of how to use top in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: TOP, Top, tốp, and töp

English top definition

Etymology

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-West Germanic *topp, from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (braid, pigtail, end).

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).

The sense of a spinning toy is separated from this, obscurely related to Dutch top and dop in this sense, against Standard Dutch tol, and French toupie having this sense.

Pronunciation

Noun

top (countable and uncountable, plural tops)

  1. The highest or uppermost part of something.
    Synonyms: peak, summit, overside
    Antonyms: bottom, base, underside
    His kite got caught at the top of the tree.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
      But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection.
      [] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, [].
    1. (irrespective of present orientation) the part of something that is usually the top.
      • 2017 October 1 (last accessed), Dewayne Carel, “Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1]:
        To mount the V8, I simply placed it on its top, and then prepped the mobo/CPU for installation (applied thermal compound).
      We flipped the machine onto its top.
    2. The uppermost part of a page, picture, viewing screen, etc.
      Synonym: (of a page) head
      Antonym: (of a page) foot
      Further weather information can be found at the top of your television screen.
      Headings appear at the tops of pages.
    3. A lid, cap or cover of a container.
      Synonyms: cap, coverlid
      Put a top on the toothpaste tube or it will go bad.
    4. A garment worn to cover the torso.
      Antonym: bottom
      I bought this top as it matches my jeans.
    5. 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.
    The boy was amazed at how long the top would spin.
  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.
      to be at the top of one's class, or at the top of the school
  4. (BDSM) A dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
    Synonyms: (usually male) dom, (female) domme
    Antonyms: bottom, sub
  5. (gay slang) A man penetrating or with a preference for penetrating during homosexual intercourse.
    I prefer being a top, and my boyfriend prefers being a bottom.
  6. (slang, African-American Vernacular, MLE) Oral stimulation to the male member, a blowjob.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:oral sex
    • 2016 November 18, J $tash (lyrics and music), “Guap”, in No More Distractions[2]:
      Running up a check, I'ma drop the top
      Baby gimme neck, you know I want some top
      You ain't tryna fuck, then baby don't just stop
    • 2017, Juice Wrld (lyrics and music), “2017 Freestyle”, in Unreleased Songs[3]:
      I get some top in my coupe […]
      Look at yo bitch she gon' choose
      She gon' give me top (on my block Avenue)
    • 2017, T-Wayne (lyrics and music), “Double Standards”, in Forever Rickey, track 2, 0:42–0:55:
      I just bought a new Ferrari off the lot,
      said she a virgin but she wanna give me top,
      she need some money so she call my phone a lot,
      I picked it up and then I told that bitch to stop.
    • 2017 December 22, “No Hook”, performed by 61 – Cee Drilla x Beans x Nz x Ruger, 0:53–1:00:
      Man chingy chingy on opps,
      catch ringy ringy, want lots
      And clingy, clingy, got dots
      She is a bad b, she gives tops
    • 2019 March 19, Nav (lyrics and music), “Price on My Head”, in Bad Habits[4]:
      His bitch gave me some top, and now he wanna send me threats
    • 2019 November 20, Oliver Francis (lyrics and music), “I Like”, in The Adventures Of Oliver Francis[5]:
      I like gettin' top (Ooh), I like drivin' coupes […]
      Yeah I got Erza Scarlet tryna fuck (Yeah, ooh)
      Gettin' top and watching Crunchyroll
    • 2020 February 21, King Von (lyrics and music), “Took Her to the O”, in Levon James[6]:
      Just got some top from this stripper bitch, she from Kankakee
    • 2020 August 7, DON RCS (lyrics and music), “Top Down”‎[7]:
      She asked to give me some top and I’m down
      Head feeling loose ‘cos I’m lit off the brown
    • 2020 September 11, Ron Suno feat. DDG (lyrics and music), “Wraith”‎[8], chorus first time 0:24–0:27:
      I’m in a wraith with a thot, she gon’ give me some top, cause my music a bop, aye
  7. (particle physics) A top quark.
    Hypernym: flavor
  8. The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.
  9. (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.
  10. (sound) Highest pitch or loudest volume.
    She sang at the top of her voice.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I made a speaking trumpet of my hands and commenced to whoop “Ahoy!” and “Hello!” at the top of my lungs. [] The Colonel woke up, and, after asking what in brimstone was the matter, opened his mouth and roared “Hi!” and “Hello!” like the bull of Bashan.
  11. (wool manufacture) A bundle or ball of slivers of combed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out.
  12. (obsolete, except in one sense of phrase on top of) Eve; verge; point.
    • 1603, Richard Knolles, The Generall Historie of the Turkes, [], London: [] Adam Islip, OCLC 837543169:
      Hee was upon the top of his marriage with Magdalaine.
  13. The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  14. (in the plural, slang, dated) Topboots.
  15. (golf) A stroke on the top of the ball.
  16. (golf) A forward spin given to the ball by hitting it on or near the top.
  17. (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.
    • 2014, Jamey Glasnovic, Lost and Found: Adrift in the Canadian Rockies, →ISBN, page 144:
      [] but with only three other tables on the patio apart from myself – two three-tops and a five-top – it's hard to imagine what the holdup is.
    • 2015, Jeff Benjamin, Front of the House: Restaurant Manners, Misbehaviors & Secrets, →ISBN:
      It is uncanny how a server can stand in front of a ten top, without the safety net of pen and paper, and remember every item ordered by each guest including salads, []

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Translations

Verb

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.
    I like my ice cream topped with chocolate sauce.
  2. To excel, to surpass, to beat.
    Synonyms: beat, better, best, exceed; see also Thesaurus:exceed
    Titanic was the most successful film ever until it was topped by another Cameron film, Avatar.
  3. To be in the lead, to be at number one position (of).
    Celine Dion topped the UK music charts twice in the 1990s.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "[9]", BBC Sport, 26 December 2013:
      Liverpool topped the table on Christmas Day and, after Arsenal's win at West Ham earlier on Boxing Day, would have returned to the top had they been the first team to beat City at home this season.
  4. To cut or remove the top (as of a tree)
    I don't want to be bald, so just top my hair.
    Top and tail the carrots.
    • 2003, Dan Prendergast, Erin Prendergast, The Tree Doctor: A Guide to Tree Care and Maintenance, →ISBN, page 78:
      Topping depletes the tree of stored energy reserves and reduces the tree's ability to produce energy, as a large percentage of the leaves are removed.
  5. (Britain, slang, reflexive) To commit suicide.
    Depression causes many people to top themselves.
  6. (Britain, slang, rare) To murder.
    Synonyms: kill, murder, slaughter, slay; see also Thesaurus:kill
  7. (BDSM) To be the dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
    I used to be a slave, but I ended up topping.
    Giving advice to the dominant partner on how to run the BDSM session is called "topping from the bottom".
  8. (gay slang, transitive, intransitive) To anally penetrate in gay sex.
  9. (archaic) To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower.
    topping passions
  10. (archaic) To excel; to rise above others.
  11. (nautical) To raise one end of (a yard, etc.), making it higher than the other.
  12. (dyeing) To cover with another dye.
    to top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening
  13. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade).
  14. (slang, dated) To arrange (fruit, etc.) with the best on top.
  15. (of a horse) To strike the top of (an obstacle) with the hind feet while jumping, so as to gain new impetus.
  16. To improve (domestic animals, especially sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior breeds.
  17. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal.
  18. (golf) To strike (the ball) above the centre; also, to make (a stroke, etc.) by hitting the ball in this way.

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Translations

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Adjective

top (not comparable)

  1. Situated on the top of something.
  2. (informal) Best; of the highest quality or rank.
    She's in the top dance school.
  3. (informal) Very good, of high quality, power, or rank.
    He's a top lawyer.
    That is a top car.
    • 2018 July 31, Julia Carrie Wong, “What is QAnon? Explaining the bizarre rightwing conspiracy theory”, in The Guardian[10]:
      In a thread called “Calm Before the Storm”, and in subsequent posts, Q established his legend as a government insider with top security clearance who knew the truth about a secret struggle for power involving Donald Trump, the “deep state”, Robert Mueller, the Clintons, pedophile rings, and other stuff.

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Translations

Adverb

top (not comparable)

  1. Rated first.
    She came top in her French exam.

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Anagrams


Albanian top definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish طوپ(top).

Noun

top m (indefinite plural tope, definite singular topi, definite plural topet)

  1. ball
  2. (in the plural) slang for testicles

Inflection


Azerbaijani top definition

Etymology

Cognate with Turkish top.

Noun

top (definite accusative topu, plural toplar)

  1. ball
  2. cannon
  3. (chess) rook

Declension

Derived terms

See also

Chess pieces in Azerbaijani · şahmat fiquru (layout · text)
şah vəzir top fil at piyada

Baure top definition

Noun

top

  1. fog

Crimean Tatar top definition

Noun

top

  1. ball
  2. lump
  3. cannon

Declension

Derived terms

References

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary]‎[11], Simferopol: Dolya, →ISBN

Czech top definition

Pronunciation

Verb

top

  1. second-person singular imperative of topit

Danish top definition

Etymology

From Old Norse toppr, from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz.

Noun

top c (singular definite toppen, plural indefinite toppe)

  1. summit, peak
  2. hairpiece
  3. top (uppermost part, lid, cap, cover, garment worn to cover the torso, child’s spinning toy)

Inflection

Derived terms

  • fra top til tå
  • tophastighed c
  • tophue c
  • topløs (adjective)
  • topmøde n
  • topnøgle c
  • toppakning c
  • toppunkt n
  • topstilling c
  • topstykke n
 

Dutch top definition

Etymology

From Middle Dutch top, topp, from Old Dutch *topp, *top, from Proto-West Germanic *topp, from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz.

Pronunciation

Adjective

top

  1. (colloquial) great, very good

Derived terms

  • (prefix): top-

Noun

top m (plural toppen, diminutive topje n)

  1. top (uppermost part)
  2. (figuratively) apex
  3. summit, peak (high point of a mountain or object)
  4. summit, highest-level assembly
  5. dominant role or partner in BDSM-interaction
  6. top (piece of women's clothing)

Antonyms

Derived terms

Verb

top

  1. (denominal) first-person singular present indicative of toppen

Anagrams


French top definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English top.

Pronunciation

Noun

top m (plural tops)

  1. top; shirt or garment covering the upper body
  2. a signalling sound; beep

Adjective

top (feminine singular toppe, masculine plural tops, feminine plural toppes)

  1. top; best; highest in rank; maximum
  2. excellent; brilliant
  3. (LGBT, slang) top (dominant in role)

Synonyms

Antonyms

Adverb

top

  1. at most; maximum

Italian top definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English top.

Noun

top m (invariable)

  1. (woman's dressing, garment) top

Latvian top definition

Verb

top

  1. 3rd person singular present indicative form of tapt
  2. 3rd person plural present indicative form of tapt
  3. (with the particle lai) 3rd person singular imperative form of tapt
  4. (with the particle lai) 3rd person plural imperative form of tapt

Middle English top definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old English topp, toppa, from Proto-West Germanic *topp.

Pronunciation

Noun

top (plural toppes)

  1. The summit or top of something, especially a vertical object:
    1. The peak of a mountain or other landform.
    2. The roof or ceil of a house; the top of a fence.
    3. A lid or cap; a removable top or topping.
    4. The head, especially its top or the hair on its top.
  2. A small deck at the dop of a ship's sails.
  3. A cluster or bunch of fibres; a tassel.
  4. A top or whirligig (spinning toy)
  5. The start or introduction of something.
  6. (rare) The tip or end of something; that which something terminates in.

Derived terms

Descendants

References


Mopan Maya top definition

Adverb

top

  1. very

References

  • Hofling, Charles Andrew (2011). Mopan Maya–Spanish–English Dictionary, University of Utah Press.

Northern Kurdish top definition

Noun

top f

  1. ball (object, generally spherical, used for playing games)
  2. cannon

Old French top definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Frankish *topp.

Noun

top m (oblique plural tos, nominative singular tos, nominative plural top)

  1. hair on top of one's head, forelock
  2. top, highest point
  3. tuft of flax placed on distaff
  4. top (ship)

Descendants

References


Polish top definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From English top, from Middle English top, toppe, from Old English top (top, highest part; summit), from Proto-West Germanic *topp.

Noun

top m inan

  1. (nautical) nautical top (the upper end of a mast)
  2. top (garment worn to cover the torso)
Declension

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

top

  1. second-person singular imperative of topić

Further reading

  • top in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese top definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English top.

Pronunciation

Adjective

top (invariable, comparable)

  1. (slang) cool, awesome
  2. (slang) top, excellent, high-quality
    Synonym: top de linha

Derived terms

Noun

top m (plural tops)

  1. top (garment worn to cover the torso)

Serbo-Croatian top definition

tȍp

Etymology

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish طوپ(top).

Pronunciation

Noun

tȍp m (Cyrillic spelling то̏п)

  1. cannon
  2. (chess) rook

Declension

See also

Chess pieces in Serbo-Croatian · šahovske figure / шаховске фигуре (layout · text)
kralj
краљ
dama, kraljica
дама, краљица
top, kula
топ, кула
lovac, trkač, laufer
ловац, тркач, лауфер
skakač, konj
скакач, коњ
pješak, pešak, pion, pijun
пјешак, пешак, пион, пијун

Slovene top definition

Etymology 1

From Proto-Slavic *tǫpъ.

Pronunciation

Adjective

tȍp (comparative bȍlj tȍp, superlative nȁjbolj tȍp)

  1. blunt
Inflection
Hard
masculine feminine neuter
nom. sing. tòp tôpa tôpo
singular
masculine feminine neuter
nominative tòp ind
tôpi def
tôpa tôpo
accusative nominativeinan or
genitive
anim
tôpo tôpo
genitive tôpega tôpe tôpega
dative tôpemu tôpi tôpemu
locative tôpem tôpi tôpem
instrumental tôpim tôpo tôpim
dual
masculine feminine neuter
nominative tôpa tôpi tôpi
accusative tôpa tôpi tôpi
genitive tôpih tôpih tôpih
dative tôpima tôpima tôpima
locative tôpih tôpih tôpih
instrumental tôpima tôpima tôpima
plural
masculine feminine neuter
nominative tôpi tôpe tôpa
accusative tôpe tôpe tôpa
genitive tôpih tôpih tôpih
dative tôpim tôpim tôpim
locative tôpih tôpih tôpih
instrumental tôpimi tôpimi tôpimi

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Etymology 2

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish طوپ(top).

Pronunciation

Noun

tȍp m inan

  1. cannon
Inflection
Masculine inan., hard o-stem, plural in -ôv-
nom. sing. tòp
gen. sing. tôpa
singular dual plural
nominative tòp topôva topôvi
accusative tòp topôva topôve
genitive tôpa topôv topôv
dative tôpu topôvoma topôvom
locative tôpu topôvih topôvih
instrumental tôpom topôvoma topôvi

Further reading

  • top”, in Slovarji Inštituta za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, portal Fran

Spanish top definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English top.

Noun

top m (plural tops)

  1. top (first positions of a ranking)
  2. top (female clothing)

Derived terms

Adjective

top (plural tops)

  1. (proscribed) top (situated on the top of something)
    Synonym: mejor
  2. (proscribed) top (best; of the highest quality or rank)
    Synonym: el mejor
  3. (proscribed) top (very good, of high quality)
    Synonym: muy bueno

References


Turkish top definition

Etymology

From Ottoman Turkish طوپ(top), from Proto-Turkic *top (round thing).[1]

Noun

top (definite accusative topu, plural toplar)

  1. ball
  2. cannon
  3. (slang) gay

Declension

Inflection
Nominative top
Definite accusative topu
Singular Plural
Nominative top toplar
Definite accusative topu topları
Dative topa toplara
Locative topta toplarda
Ablative toptan toplardan
Genitive topun topların

References

  1. ^ Starostin, Sergei; Dybo, Anna; Mudrak, Oleg (2003) , “*top”, in Etymological dictionary of the Altaic languages (Handbuch der Orientalistik; VIII.8), Leiden, New York, Köln: E.J. Brill

Volapük top definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Ancient Greek τόπος (tópos, place).

Noun

top (nominative plural tops)

  1. place

Declension

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