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TOP'PING, participle present tense Covering the top; capping; surpassing; cropping; lopping.

1. adjective Fine; gallant.

[But Johnson's definition is probably incorrect.]

2. Proud; assuming superiority. [This is the sense in which the common people of noun England use the word, and I believe the true sense, but it is not elegant.]

TOP'PING, noun In seamen's language, the act of pulling one extremity of a yard higher than the other.