tops

adjective
\ˈtäps \

Definition of tops 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: topmost in quality, ability, popularity, or importance used predicatively is tops in his field

tops

adverb

Definition of tops (Entry 2 of 2)

: at the very most will cost $50, tops

Examples of tops in a Sentence

Adjective

He is tops in his field. You're tops in my book!

Adverb

It takes me 15 minutes tops to do the dishes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

One bite of a Tops pork shoulder sandwich (the jumbo is less than $5) explains why more than a dozen Tops locations thrive in metro Memphis. Ardie A. Davis, kansascity.com, "Memphis in May barbecue contest sets off culinary excursion," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of tops

Adjective

1935, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tops

Adjective

plural of top entry 1

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The first known use of tops was in 1935

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tops

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tops

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: highest in quality, ability, popularity, or importance

tops

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of tops (Entry 2 of 2)

: at the very most

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