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Topper   /tˈɑpər/   Listen

A worker who makes or adds the top to something.
A worker who cuts tops off (of trees or vegetables etc.).
The person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others.  Synonym: best.
An exceedingly good witticism that surpasses all that have gone before.
A woman's short coat.
A man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur.  Synonyms: beaver, dress hat, high hat, opera hat, silk hat, stovepipe, top hat.

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"Topper" Quotes from Famous Books

... city is usually that of afternoon, and a high hat is indispensable. Sometimes the huge gray coats with large buttons and a gray topper are worn. Dogskin driving gloves and driving boots complete the costume. In the country one wears tweed or Scotch cheviot and a Derby hat. The man who drives mounts last, his horses' heads being held by the groom. His whip should be in its socket; the reins loosely ...
— The Complete Bachelor - Manners for Men • Walter Germain

... Robins, affably. 'Wish you joy, sir, and Miss Olive, too. It's a pity, though! Master Dick, he throws a fine fly, but he gets flurried with a big fish, being young. And this one is a topper.' ...
— Angling Sketches • Andrew Lang

... take this attitude without delay. He dressed accordingly, knowing that of every ten people nine judge value from clothes, and hat, and boots—especially boots. His patent leather, buttoned boots were dazzling, with upper parts of soft grey leather. And his shiny 'topper' wore a band of black. Minks, so far as he knew, was not actually in mourning, but somebody for whom he ought to be in mourning might die any day, and meanwhile, he felt, the band conveyed distinction. It suited a man of letters. It ...
— A Prisoner in Fairyland • Algernon Blackwood

... Mlle. Zaretti. "Next spring I go out by rail with a three topper. I'm going to do the real bareback act, too. No more broad pads and wagon shows for Katie. Hey, Jim, rig up ...
— Horses Nine - Stories of Harness and Saddle • Sewell Ford

... suggesting you should allow yourself to be denuded in the cause (like Lady GODIVA), but I daresay you have some odds and ends stowed away that you would contribute; for instance, that delightful old topper that you were wont to go to church in before the War, and that used to cause a titter among the choir—can't you get the moths to let you have it? Neckties, again. Where are the tartans of '71? Surely there may be some bonny stragglers left in your tie-bins. And who fears ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Sept. 26, 1917 • Various

... the Colonel was beset again by all his fears. He put his white 'topper' down, and ...
— Forsyte Saga • John Galsworthy

... takes the lead in the matter of costume cannot be disputed—possibly the day will arrive when the emancipation of man from the thrall of the "topper," the frock-coat and stiff collar is brought about through the energies of the theatre—though it will require a London actor of the Le Bargy type to achieve such a triumph, and he is not yet in sight, and may not appear until after ...
— Our Stage and Its Critics • "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"

... good many inscrutable cards in my time," the solicitor of Gray's Inn observed to his elder brother, in the course of fraternal converse; "but I think for inscrutability you put the topper on the lot. What do you expect to get out of this Haygarth estate? Come, Phil, let us have your figures in plain English. I am to have a fifth—that's all signed and sealed. But how about your share? What agreement have you ...
— Charlotte's Inheritance • M. E. Braddon

... came a toff, Nice old geyser with a nasty cough, Sees my missus, takes his topper off, Quite in a ...
— This is "Part II" of Soldiers Three, we don't have "Part I" • Rudyard Kipling

... sex arrayed for sports on flood and field, carrying their golf-clubs, their diabolo spools and their butterfly nets, and there, in the midst of them, me with my miserable coat-tails, the June sun glaring on my burnished topper, and in my hands the silver asparagus-server or whatever it is that I am going to buy for William. I tell you it isn't done. They will come round and mock me. They will titter ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, June 9, 1920 • Various

Words linked to "Topper" :   somebody, top, wittiness, best, wit, chapeau, man's clothing, mortal, humor, beaver, witticism, stovepipe, lid, dress hat, coat, top hat, soul, high hat, individual, worker, person, someone, humour, hat, silk hat

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