\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

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 As a tot, he was found to be developmentally delayed and had been considered a special needs child in school, entitled to certain services and protections under law. Megan O'matz,, "Schools' culture of tolerance lets students like Nikolas Cruz slide," 13 May 2018 Top it off with a side of sweet potato fries or tater tots (both $2.49). Rianne Coale, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: ComedySportz then Cheesie's," 26 May 2017 Inner Loop Lankford Grocery Hidden in the townhome canyons of east Montrose, this homey little spot serves up arguably some of the city's best burgers and tots. Houston Chronicle, "Classic Houston restaurants set the table for city's dining scene," 10 May 2018 In addition to the Republican gubernatorial primary between Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp, some Gwinnett voters will be able tot vote in the Democratic runoff for U.S. House District 7. Tyler Estep, ajc, "Gwinnett elections 2018: When and where to vote early for July runoffs," 4 July 2018 Two tots in Scotland have recently gone viral for getting their summer glow on – and making a total mess – with one of their mom’s self-tanner lotion. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Toddlers go wild with mom’s self-tanner, make viral mess," 18 June 2018 There are free weekly fitness classes, too, like kickboxing, yoga (complete with a DJ), and tabata, plus a Tuesday afternoon kids’ series with tot yoga, dance classes, and painting hosted by local businesses. Kara Baskin,, "Free al fresco offerings at The Street Chestnut Hill," 17 May 2018 Vance writes that although play is important for development, unfortunately little science backs up claims of supercharging tots with toys. Mariette Dichristina, Scientific American, "The Sun, Supercharging Babies and the Eternal Search for Knowledge," 15 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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