\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

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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 Anyone receiving this type of phone call from an unidentified phone number should never provide any personal information tot he caller, the Sheriff's Office said. Alejandro Barahona, azcentral, "Maricopa County Sheriff's Office warns against scam calls in Phoenix area," 22 Mar. 2018 Once the pup reaches its destination, the tot giggles and flashes the camera a huge smile, because come on, DOG SLIDES RULE. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "This Video Is Definitive Proof That Every Puppy Needs Its Own Slide," 27 July 2015 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

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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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