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topless

[top-lis] /ˈtɒp lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking a top:
a topless bathing suit.
2.
nude above the waist or hips:
topless dancers.
3.
featuring entertainers, waitresses, etc., who are nude above the waist or hips:
a topless bar.
4.
extremely high:
a topless mountain.
5.
Obsolete. without a peer.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; top1 + -less
Related forms
toplessness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for toplessness

topless

/ˈtɒplɪs/
adjective
1.
having no top
2.
  1. denoting a costume which has no covering for the breasts
  2. wearing such a costume
3.
(archaic) immeasurably high
Derived Forms
toplessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for toplessness

topless

adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for toplessness

topless

modifier
  1. Not wearing anything on the upper body; with breasts exposed: a topless dancer (1966+)
  2. Having to do with entertainment, bars and clubs, etc, featuring women bare from the waist up: only at bars and only if they were topless (1967+)

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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