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ˈtip-ˈtäp How to pronounce tip-top (audio)
plural tip-tops
: the highest point
If I had known how to climb rocks, … I would have climbed to the very tip-top of Arethusa Falls to see what the water looked like before it dropped over the ledge.Ann Beattie
Disembarking from the vessel, the sun is perfectly situated behind the tip-top of the Eiffel Tower.Eric Althoff
(figurative) … two people who were both—blithely, at times—at the very tip-top of Southern society.Meredith Grahl Counts


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: very good : excellent, first-rate
a car in tip-top condition
Besides training their dogs, mushers have to get their sleds in tip-top shape for race day …Sallie Luther
Tip-top health that stands the test of time requires a sensible diet …Frances Sheridan Goulart


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: very well
"Oh," was the reply, "John was doing very well. … He was out of debt and doing tip-top."John Harrison

Examples of tip-top in a Sentence

Noun this trail will take you to the fire tower at the tip-top of that hill Adjective the doctor told me I was in tip-top shape
Recent Examples on the Web
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To keep it working in tip-top form, thoroughly and quickly clean all the parts immediately after using. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Mar. 2023 This formula relies on flaxseed and perilla seed oils to strengthen keratin, as well as skin-softening apricot seed oil to keep fingers in tip-top shape, and earned our coveted Best of Beauty Award in 2018. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, 16 Mar. 2023 While your body is getting fuel with help of niacin, selenium is also helpful for keeping the body in tip-top shape. Jenn Sinrich, Health, 7 Mar. 2023 Proper storage in a jewelry box that keeps pieces separate and away from direct sunlight and moisture is a great way to keep jewelry in tip-top shape, but even so, tarnish happens. Lauren Smith McDonough, Good Housekeeping, 28 Feb. 2023

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Word History



tip entry 3 + top

First Known Use


1702, in the meaning defined above


1722, in the meaning defined above


1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tip-top was in 1702

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Cite this Entry

“Tip-top.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip-top. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: the highest point


2 of 2 adjective
: very good : excellent
in tip-top shape
tip-top adverb
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