\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

Eventually, the little tot won't be able to eat garlic, and posting on social media and managing a blog won't be in the cards. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Will Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Baby Be Born At Home? Plus, Other Bizarre Royal Birthing Rules," 15 Oct. 2018 Following weeks of specialist care at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, the battling tot was discharged home on August 5, - four months after she was born. Fox News, "'Miracle' baby who weighed under 2 pounds thriving 6 months later," 28 Sep. 2018 This Election Day’s edition includes programs for people all the way from preschool tots through K-12 students to adults in community college. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle property-tax levy to test voters’ generosity toward education," 15 Oct. 2018 Roughly half of the film is eaten up by Drake's cheeseball villainy and Brock's tater-tot-chomping, woman-hating descent into loserdom—and Venom spends too much time setting these characters up without giving us a logical hook to hang them on. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Venom film review: Stupid, but still good enough to bite your head off," 5 Oct. 2018 Most Americans knew the Olsens, who are fraternal twins, for playing tot Michelle Tanner on the ABC sitcom Full House from 1987 to 1995 and for their later Mary-Kate and Ashley videos. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row Launches Menswear," 27 Aug. 2018 After all, few tots wear a smock dress quite like she. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Prince George Makes the Britain’s Best Dressed List at 5-Years-Old," 2 Aug. 2018 Health rating: 8/10 without the tots Taste rating: 9/10 3. 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 royal tot previously served as a bridesmaid at her aunt Pippa Middleton's wedding last year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Guide to Harry & Meghan’s Bridal Party," 16 May 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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