verb (used without object), top·pled, top·pling.
- to fall forward, as from having too heavy a top; pitch; tumble down.
- to lean over or jut, as if threatening to fall.
verb (used with object), top·pled, top·pling.
- to cause to topple.
- to overthrow, as from a position of authority: to topple the king.
- to tip over or cause to tip over, esp from a height
- (intr) to lean precariously or totter
- (tr) to overthrow; oust
1580s, “tumble down,” earlier “to tumble or roll about” (1540s), from top (v.) + frequentative suffix -le. Related: Toppled; toppling.