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topper

[top-er] /ˈtɒp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that tops.
2.
a woman's loose, usually lightweight topcoat, especially one that is knee-length or shorter.
3.
Informal. top hat.
4.
capper (def 2).
5.
British Slang. an excellent or well-liked person or thing.
Origin of topper
1665-1675
1665-75; top1 + -er1
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  • It was the duty of a hat to afford not only covering for the head but shelter for the eyes, and no topper did this.

  • Awfully well read and a topper at classics and history, and sang like a bird.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • At the second spin topper called "tails," and was about to pocket the crown when I made a suggestion.

    Humphrey Bold Herbert Strang
  • topper, a bachelor.Dick Wilkins, a fellow apprentice of Scrooge's.

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • Waited for me and copped me on the topper as I came around the corner.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for topper

topper

/ˈtɒpə/
noun
1.
an informal name for top hat
2.
a person or thing that tops
3.
(informal) a remark that caps the one before
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Word Origin and History for topper
n.

"the best (of anything)," 1709, originally slang, agent noun from top (v.).

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

top of one's head

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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