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.