\ ˈtät \

Definition of tot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small child : toddler
2 : a small drink or allowance of liquor : shot


totted; totting

Definition of tot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to add together : total usually used with up tots up the score

Examples of tot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Suite 100, to discuss permits for a shade structure at the tot lot and pathway lighting bollards at Powerhouse Park; and fees for electric vehicle charging at the new Civic Center. Laura Groch,, "On the agenda, May 20," 20 May 2018 Here, a sampling: tater tots that are meant to be dipped into a Miller High Life, mushroom French toast, gumbo cut with popcorn rice. Andrew Parks, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Brunches in New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 Without the tots this burger is a solid option for those who are vegan or simply health conscious. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Are there healthy food options at Summerfest? Kind of and we've ranked and rated them for you," 5 July 2018 The squad is stacked, with the likes of beer-cheese tater tots and French-Vietnamese sandwiches. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Diamondbacks are selling 18-inch carne asada hot dogs at Chase Field and we can't wait to try one," 6 Mar. 2018 Another issue is that some Brooklyn area cafes are serving tots decaf shots of espresso. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Parenting," 16 Feb. 2012 The French beauty brand Chantecaille also has a Bébé line, complete with a Flower Petal Hair & Body Wash for choosy tots. Kari Molvar, WSJ, "Is A $48 Face Cream for Babies Worth It?," 23 Aug. 2018 The tot, from Somerville, Massachusetts, was born without the gene ABCH3, which is responsible for making the protein that lines the lungs. Fox News, "Toddler walks outside for first time ever after life-saving double lung transplant," 16 July 2018 Per royal correspondent Omid Scobie, palace sources claim that William and Kate have no plans to hire additional support or a nanny in caring for the three royal tots, all under the age of four. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Says We'll "Find Out Soon" About The Royal Baby's Name," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tot


1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1772, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for tot


origin unknown


tot., abbreviation of total

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English Language Learners Definition of tot

: a young child

: a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink


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Kids Definition of tot

: a young child

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someone who never drinks alcohol

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