\ 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

One of those famous tots is Stormi Jenner, the six-month-old daughter of almost-billionaire Kylie Jenner. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi spark debate: How old must a baby be before getting pierced ears?," 12 July 2018 Holding hands the pair set off down the slide before the tot manages to traps his foot under Keetley's leg. Fox News, "Horrifying photo of toddler's leg breaking while on slide with mom," 10 July 2018 On June 30, Owen cast his line along with dozens of other kids, from tots to teens, at Wildwood Nature Center’s Maine Park ponds. Rachel K. Hindery,, "Dreams come true at Park Ridge Park District's 'Gone Fishin’ Derby'," 2 July 2018 Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix Five thrill rides, four kids zones and five family or group rides is enough to keep even the most hyper person in the family occupied and the younger tots who can't handle larger rides yet entertained. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "Here are the best attractions at metro Phoenix's 5 water parks," 22 June 2018 The Wellington is open for dinner nightly, serving fried clams, tater tot poutine, steak-and-cheese crepes, and burgers topped with foie gras sauce. Kara Baskin,, "Tables: Some big closings in Southie, and welcoming The Wellington," 7 June 2018 The tots on the side were also delicious, but take the health factor down a notch. 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 Hayes’ sides include fries, waffle fries, tots, chips, cheese sticks, mushrooms, fried cauliflower and onion rings. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Batter up: Here are 18 KC-area places to get perfect, golden-fried onion rings," 21 June 2018 The signature Truffle Burger has shredded Parmesan, truffle oil and an over-easy egg and is served with truffle fries or tots. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Girl in the Park in Orland Park," 5 July 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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Phrases Related to tot

tot up

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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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alleviating pain or harshness

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