From Middle English torplen, of obscure origin. Compare torfel and topple.


torple (third-person singular simple present torples, present participle torpling, simple past and past participle torpled)

  1. (intransitive, rare or obsolete) To fall headlong; topple
    • 2012, Steven Erikson, The Devil Delivered and Other Tales:
      The grille flew open as it torpled backwards, and the fire o' love shot out in all directions, pouring out sparks as the stove rolled across the rock and plumged [sic] over the far side.

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