toper

[toh-per]
noun
a hard drinker or chronic drunkard.

Origin:
1665–75; tope1 + -er1

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tope1 (təʊp)
 
vb
to consume (alcoholic drink) as a regular habit, usually in large quantities
 
[C17: from French toper to keep an agreement, from Spanish topar to take a bet; probably because a wager was generally followed by a drink]
 
'toper1
 
n

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