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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

Examples of tot in a Sentence

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte's beloved babysitter managed to keep all 10 tots dutifully (and adorably) in-line throughout the hour-long ceremony at St. George's Chapel (despite a few grumpy moments and a charmingly chatty Prince George). Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexi Lubomirski Had to Bribe the Royal Bridal Party with Candy to Get the Perfect Shot," 24 May 2018 Instead, dress tots in lightweight clothing (e.g., fleece) and lay a blanket or coat over them once they're buckled in. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Picking the Right Car Seat for Your Kid," 20 Oct. 2015 Even most health nuts can’t turn down a salty tater tot — especially when given a nutritious makeover. Grace Dickinson,, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Natalia Vodianova took her tots for an invigorating countryside ride, her blonde wisps peeking out from beneath a roseate headscarf, while elsewhere, Fernanda Ly kept her pale pink hair sleek with an assemblage of bobby pins and a cool burgundy lip. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner Has a Marilyn Moment (and More!)," 2 Dec. 2018 The four-year-old celeb tot and her five-year-old cousin, Penelope Disick, celebrated their upcoming birthdays with an extravagant unicorn party that put all of our childhood bashes to shame. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West and Penelope Disick Just Had the Most Extra Unicorn Birthday Party and We're Jealous," 4 June 2018 Creative, adventurous, calling-to-the-classics, with executions that range from high-low (caviar and tater tots, and a bernaise-bursting burger) to mainly high (escargot-stuffed marrow bone and local clams stuffed with deviled crab). Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 Add all potato tots and cook, using a wooden spoon to stir and break up potatoes, 10 minutes or until potatoes resemble hash browns. Susan Nicholson, ajc, "Seven Day Menu Planner," 24 Apr. 2018 The menu includes novelties like peanut butter and Cleveland fig jam sandwiches, homemade tater tots and Ohio City Pasta black pepper linguine. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "Heading to the GOP Convention? Chow down at Cleveland's best restaurants," 15 July 2016

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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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