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Definition of tot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small child
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 Forget candy apples—your tot will be the sweetest thing about Halloween 2022. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 3 Aug. 2022 The 4-year-old tiny tot showed off her seriously impressive tennis skills in a new video posted to her Instagram account on Monday, showcasing a swing that rivals tennis players of all age groups. Olivia Jakiel,, 17 Jan. 2022 The park, located on Sugar Maple Street, currently has a tot lot and a basketball court. Baltimore Sun, 16 June 2022 All’s forgiven when the prime fish surfaces with such fun companions as a tater tot flavored with fresh dill and meltingly soft cabbage, its butter sauce popping with orange salmon roe. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 In New York’s largely Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights, Dr. Juan Tapia Mendoza’s clinic has ordered 300 doses of the tot-sized vaccines. Lindsey Tanner And Angie Wang, Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2022 The same expert panel will meet Wednesday to consider tot-sized shots from Moderna and Pfizer for the littlest kids, those under 5. Mike Stobbe, ajc, 14 June 2022 The government allowed pharmacies and states to start placing orders for tot-sized doses last week, with 5 million initially available — half made by Pfizer and half by Moderna. Matthew Perrone And Mike Stobbe, Chicago Tribune, 12 June 2022 Essentially a $157 tot-sized Peloton, the toy allows kids age 3 to 7 to pedal in place alongside their parents. Rina Raphael, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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“Tot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of tot

: a young child

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