tope

verb
\ ˈtōp How to pronounce tope (audio) \
toped; toping

Definition of tope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to drink liquor to excess

Definition of tope (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Definition of tope (Entry 3 of 3)

First Known Use of tope

Verb

1664, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1686, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tope

Verb

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

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

perhaps from Punjabi ṭop hat

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“Tope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tope. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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