What does the word toper mean?

Usage examples for toper

  1. He was a toper- Squire Luke, yonder." – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  2. All oral tradition, all contemporary literature, all satiric art, tell the same horrid tale; and the number of bottles which a single toper would consume at a sitting not only, in Burke's phrase, " outraged economy," but " staggered credibility." – Collections and Recollections by George William Erskine Russell