Main definitions of tope in English

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tope1

verb

[NO OBJECT]archaic, literary
  • Drink alcohol to excess, especially on a regular basis:

    ‘he was toping the while from a flagon of sack’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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Origin

Mid 17th century: perhaps an alteration of obsolete top ‘overbalance’; perhaps from Dutch toppen slant or tilt a ship's yard.

Pronunciation

tope

/təʊp/

Main definitions of tope in English

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tope2

noun

Origin

From Punjabi thūp, thop barrow, mound, apparently related to Sanskrit stūpa.

Pronunciation

tope

/təʊp/

Main definitions of tope in English

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tope3

noun

  • (in South Asia) a grove or plantation of trees, especially mango trees.

    • ‘In 1894, Rice reported that there were about 2000 topes with about 100,000 trees in the entire Bangalore District.’
    plantation, farm, holding
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Origin

From Telugu tōpu or Tamil tōppu.

Pronunciation

tope

/təʊp/

Main definitions of tope in English

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tope4

noun

  • A small greyish slender-bodied shark, occurring chiefly in inshore waters.

    • ‘Chunking in the vicinity of fish means blue sharks, tope and spurdogs.’
    • ‘The tope is closely related to the blue shark and shares many of the features of this fish.’
    • ‘None of us knew how to handle a shark or tope of this size and I feared for a serious injury if we landed it.’
    • ‘Scottish waters see incoming tope from June, with peak numbers later in August, though September can be very good.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I have been invited to fly-fish for pollock and tope off the Mull of Galloway in a couple of weeks.’
    • ‘The sea angling season to date has seen an improvement on last year with big catches of tope and codling reported.’
    • ‘By casting uptide anglers started to double the numbers of cod, tope and rays caught in many other areas’
    • ‘The tope shark is considered harmless to humans because of its small size and its preference for small prey items.’
    • ‘What looked like a cross between a tope and a bull huss looked decidedly unhappy and I had to run over and get a glimpse of the biggest fish I had ever seen taken from the shore.’
    • ‘These roll around until they hit the reef where the baits are and add smell to the water to help the tope home in on your baits.’
    • ‘Ireland also holds a wealth of beach and rock fishing with the tope more evenly spread than on the UK mainland.’

Origin

Late 17th century: perhaps of Cornish origin.

Pronunciation

tope

/təʊp/