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toped; toping

intransitive verb

: to drink liquor to excess


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noun (1)

: a small slender cosmopolitan shark (Galeorhinus galeus) valued for its flesh, fins, and oil-rich liver


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noun (2)

: stupa

Example Sentences

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Other species, like the starry smooth-hound and tope sharks, were also found in the Thames river. Vanessa Etienne,, 11 Nov. 2021 But now, surprising creatures, like sharks including tope, starry smooth-hound and spurdog -- a slender fish measuring some 23 inches and covered in venomous spines -- have been found. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 Also known as the ‘tope shark,’ genetic and tagging data shows that there are up to six separate subpopulations of these sharks but do not mate with one another. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The tope shark, or school shark, has a condition called leucism that results in loss of pigmentation. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 5 Oct. 2020

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Word History



obsolete English tope, interjection used to wish good health before drinking

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

perhaps from Punjabi ṭop hat

First Known Use


1664, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1686, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tope was in 1664

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“Tope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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