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[top-lis] /ˈtɒp lɪs/
lacking a top:
a topless bathing suit.
nude above the waist or hips:
topless dancers.
featuring entertainers, waitresses, etc., who are nude above the waist or hips:
a topless bar.
extremely high:
a topless mountain.
Obsolete. without a peer.
Origin of topless
1580-90; top1 + -less
Related forms
toplessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Was this the face that launched a thousand shipsAnd burnt the topless towers of Ilium?

    Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana
  • This topless kingdom, spreading far beyond the Church, is making many feel that they are better off without the Church.

    What and Where is God? Richard La Rue Swain
  • Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium!

    Helen of Troy Andrew Lang
  • The corporal said that this monster was Helen gazing out to sea from the topless towers of Ilium.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • Some were in tents, some in topless squares of sacking, or with piles of straw.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
British Dictionary definitions for topless


having no top
  1. denoting a costume which has no covering for the breasts
  2. wearing such a costume
(archaic) immeasurably high
Derived Forms
toplessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for topless

"bare-breasted," 1966 (earlier it was used of men's bathing suits, 1937); from top (n.1) + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for topless

top dollar

noun phrase

The highest sum of money offered or given: They pay top dollar over there (1970+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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