tip-top

1 of 3

noun

ˈtip-ˈtäp How to pronounce tip-top (audio)
-ˌtäp
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

tip-top

2 of 3

adjective

: 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

tip-top

3 of 3

adverb

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

Word History

Etymology

Noun

tip entry 3 + top

First Known Use

Noun

1702, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1722, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

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 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

tip-top

1 of 2 noun
ˈtip-ˈtäp,
-ˌtäp
: the highest point

tip-top

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