Definition of topping in US English:



  • A layer of food poured or spread over a base of a different type of food to add flavor.

    ‘a cake with a marzipan topping’
    • ‘Try a biscuit crust, tortillas, flatbread such as pita, bun halves or a baguette cut in half lengthwise as bases for pizza toppings.’
    • ‘Nothing else was in the bowls, but next to the bowls there were smaller bowls filled with all different kinds of toppings for salad!’
    • ‘The specialty here was Andean steak, served with a bunch of different toppings.’
    • ‘It also may be an exercise in willpower thanks to the fatty toppings that smother your food.’
    • ‘Take pan out of oven and put sauce and toppings on dough.’
    • ‘The pizzas got the thumbs up too: the bases were light and fairly thin, the toppings fresh and tasty.’
    • ‘Then there are Steamrollers' trademarked Wet Ones, burritos topped with a selection of housemade sauces and toppings.’
    • ‘I don't mean that I chose different flavors, or played with the toppings.’
    • ‘The basic idea is the same, skim the skin off the top, put your toppings on, and cook until gooey.’
    • ‘You can have them ready in the freezer to warm through, halve and finish with the same toppings - just a little less - as the potato pancake.’
    • ‘But it could be and should be so much more than it's chewy crusts and several layers of toppings.’
    • ‘The latter are uniform in shape and come in frosted varieties with innumerable toppings and different fillings.’
    • ‘The rules of the game were, only two scoops, two sauces and three toppings with cherry allowed.’
    • ‘The pizza is as you'd expect, with a thick crust and lots of toppings, but we found it surprisingly light and not greasy.’
    • ‘Wholemeal flour is used to make the home-made pizza bases and the toppings are created with fresh ingredients - and schools make their own bread.’
    • ‘A variety of crusts, fine toppings and an overall performance that was hard to beat.’
    • ‘Pieces of chocolate, orange, blueberry and pear are ideal toppings for any flavour.’
    • ‘Stateside Foods makes and distribute pizzas, dough balls and pizza toppings.’
    • ‘The range of pizzas available at the bistro is massive, but the array of foods used as toppings is even more impressive.’
    • ‘With minor modifications to crust, sauce and toppings, the pie takes on new personalities.’
    layer, covering, overlay, coat, skim, skin, thickness, plating, film, wash, glaze, varnish, veneer, lamination, sheet, finish, dusting, blanket, mantle, daub, smear, crust, patina, lustre, deposit, scale, facing, cladding
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dated, informal
  • Excellent.

    ‘that really is a topping dress’
    fine, of high quality, of a high standard, quality, superior
    enjoyable, pleasant, agreeable, pleasing, pleasurable, delightful, great, nice, lovely, amusing, diverting, jolly, merry, lively, festive, cheerful, convivial, congenial, sociable
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