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Definition of tops

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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 Simplicity and ease of cleaning—including a strong preference to be able to throw the whole thing into the dishwasher—was tops among them. Joe Ray, Wired, "Rugged French Presses for Your Coffee-Fueled Summer Adventures," 9 May 2021 The 17-minute ballet sequence is still tops — although, yes, Kelly was even better in Singin’ in the Rain. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Oscar Best Picture Winner, Ranked," 26 Apr. 2021 His 130 deflections are also tops on the team, nearly doubling up second-place DeMar DeRozan, who has 74. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Dejounte Murray's development remains a bright spot for Spurs," 9 Apr. 2021 Brazil’s daily death rate from Covid-19 is now tops in the world at over 3,100 (based on a seven-day average) and the country has just passed 325,000 Covid casualties overall. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Week Brazil Went Off the Rails," 4 Apr. 2021 Kaprizov's 19 points lead the Wild and NHL rookies, and his 13 assists are also tops among rookies. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild breezes past Arizona 5-1 in first of two with Coyotes," 5 Mar. 2021 After his monster game against the Vikings, Kamara is leading all non-quarterbacks in standard fantasy scoring (295 points), and his 377.8 points in points-per-reception leagues is tops among all NFL players. Luke Johnson,, "Alvin Kamara earned Drew Brees' son Baylen a fantasy football championship," 28 Dec. 2020 Phillips was tops among Miami players with his 36-inch vertical jump. David Furones,, "Live Miami Hurricanes Pro Day results: Jaelan Phillips runs blazing 40-yard dash," 29 Mar. 2021 But the Warriors’ 7-footer is tops among rookies logging minutes at center, way ahead of Denver’s Zeke Nnaji (10.5 minutes, 22nd pick), Atlanta’s Onyeka Okongwu (9.7, sixth) and Phoenix’s Jalen Smith (4.9, 10th). Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, "How well are Warriors handling development of prized rookie center James Wiseman?," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tops


1935, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tops


plural of top entry 1

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17 May 2021

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“Tops.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tops

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : highest in quality, ability, popularity, or importance



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

informal : at the very most

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