Why was clemency trending last week?
"highest point," Old English top "summit, crest, tuft," from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (cf. Old Norse toppr "tuft of hair," Old Frisian top "tuft," Old Dutch topp, Dutch top, Old High German zopf "end, tip, tuft of hair," German Zopf "tuft of hair"); no certain connections outside Germanic except a few Romanic words probably borrowed from Germanic.
Few Indo-European languages have a word so generic, which can be used of the upper part or surface of just about anything. More typical is German, which has Spitze for sharp peaks (mountains), oberfläche for the upper surface of flat things (such as a table). Top dog first attested 1900; top-drawer (1920) is from British expression out of the top drawer "upper-class."
"toy that spins on a point," late Old English top, probably a special use of top (n.1), but the modern word is perhaps via Old French topet, which is from a Germanic source akin to the root of English top (n.1). As a type of seashell, first recorded 1680s.
[entry form 1920s+; perhaps fr the violence of an oil well that blows as a gusher]
(also tootsie or tootsy or tootsiewootsie or tootsy-wootsy) A woman; doll • Often used in address, often disparagingly, and as a nickname: Not any more, toots, not any more, my precious darling angel/ How about one of those tootsiewootsies?/ He was also paying for a penthouse apartment on Park Avenue for his tootsie
[entry form 1936+, tootsie-wootsie 1895+; perhaps fr tootsie]