- 1[intransitive, transitive] to become unsteady and fall down; to make something do this + adv./prep. The pile of books toppled over. He toppled backwards into the river. topple somebody/something + adv./prep. He brushed past, toppling her from her stool.
- 2[transitive] topple somebody/something to make somebody lose their position of power or authority synonym overthrow a plot to topple the President Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘tumble about’): frequentative of the verb top.Extra examples She almost toppled from the ladder. She nearly toppled into the water. The huge pile of books toppled over. She led a campaign to topple the regime. The armed forces toppled the elected government in a bloodless coup. The church played an important role in toppling the Communist order in Poland.
BrE BrE//ˈtɒpl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːpl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they topple
BrE BrE//ˈtɒpl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːpl//he / she / it topples
BrE BrE//ˈtɒplz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːplz//past simple toppled
BrE BrE//ˈtɒpld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːpld//past participle toppled
BrE BrE//ˈtɒpld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːpld//-ing form toppling
BrE BrE//ˈtɒplɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːplɪŋ//