The best : perhaps from fruit, that growing at the top of the tree being generally the best, as partaking most of the sun.
A tip-top workman ; the best, or most excellent Workman.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Tip"top` (?), n. [Tip end + top.]

The highest or utmost degree; the best of anything.



© Webster 1913.

Tip"top`, a.

Very excellent; most excellent; perfect.

[Colloq.] "Four tiptop voices." Gray. "Sung in a tiptop manner." Goldsmith.


© Webster 1913.

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