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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

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The project will include 34,000 square feet of retail space, three recreation centers, and will feature a 2.6-acre public park that will have a stage, barbeques, tot lots, sports courts, bocce ball and horseshoes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A master-planned, 632-home project breaks ground in Valley Center," 27 June 2019 Longfellow Park in South Minneapolis just got upgraded too — with five slides, a Dr. Seuss house, a sand tot lot and multiple play environments. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul spends $340,000 for playground renovation, but some parents not pleased," 17 June 2019 The Wave Waterpark has water slides, a lazy river, lap pools and tot play area. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista: America’s climatic wonderland is much more than temperate," 28 June 2019 A’deja Rivers has been deaf since birth and so has lived in a silent world without hearing her mom’s voice but all that changed June 20 when the tiny tot’s cochlear implants were activated. Ashley Boucher,, "Deaf Toddler Hears Her Mom Say ‘I Love You’ for the First Time After Getting Cochlear Implants," 26 June 2019 Stirring up dust in areas where rodents hang out — that includes everything from nets tot droppings, can cause the virus to get into the air where the particles can be breathed in. Fox News, "New Mexico woman dies from virus linked to rodent droppings," 26 June 2019 Advertisers clamored to purchase ad spots to market their products to tots parked in front of Nickelodeon and generations of teenagers who were raised on MTV. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "CBS Is Planning Offer for Sister Company Viacom," 18 June 2019 There are three main areas to know about: a splash pad, a shallow pool with fountain for tiny tot splashing, and a large pool. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "7 sensational Bay Area pools to escape the heat," 10 June 2019 Bison hush puppies Red Frazier Bison has been my favorite Indiana State Fair food vendor for the past three years thanks to crazy nom-nom dishes like bison poutine and potato tots smothered in cheese and fried Brussels. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Hash brown grilled cheese! Here are 22 new foods at the 2019 Indiana State Fair," 5 Aug. 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

informal : a young child
British : a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink


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Kids Definition of tot

: a young child

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