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toper

[toh-per] /ˈtoʊ pər/
noun
1.
a hard drinker or chronic drunkard.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; tope1 + -er1
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toper

n.

1670s, from tope!, exclamation used in drinking (1650s), from French or Italian, originally a word of acceptance in a wager, etc. Cf. tope (v.).

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