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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 uptots up the score

Examples of tot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The amenity center features indoor lounges and outdoor verandas, a 2,500-square-foot fitness center, junior Olympic pool, resort pool and tot pool with waterfalls. Mustang Lakes, Dallas News, "Award-winning Collin County community offers resort-style living," 17 May 2020 Grill station employee handled tater tots with bare hands. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Employee handling food with bare hands among violations on this week's restaurant inspection list," 13 May 2020 Jon Bon Jovi The rocker virtually serenaded and chatted with kindergarteners in Florida on April 14, but the tots understandably didn't recognize the legendary musician. Rachel Yang,, "Matthew McConaughey, Kim Kardashian, and more celebs surprise students and teachers on Zoom," 15 Apr. 2020 But observational studies showed that during childhood, the vaccinated tots had better overall survival rates, including from respiratory viruses. NBC News, "Could old vaccines for other germs protect against COVID-19?," 13 Apr. 2020 But during childhood, the vaccinated tots had better overall survival, including from respiratory viruses, observational studies showed. Lauran Neergaard, Los Angeles Times, "Old vaccines being tested against the new coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 The little tot is going to be two years old next month. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "This Video of the Cambridge Children Clapping for Healthcare Workers Is Everything," 26 Mar. 2020 In a Bayside neighborhood, a human-size Easter bunny hopped and waved a furry white and pink paw to excited tots; the bunny also posed for photos while observing at least a 6-foot distance. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin figures out a way to celebrate holidays even as coronavirus cases grow and election drama continues," 12 Apr. 2020 In college, instead of heating up frozen DiGiornos or hoarding tater tots in the dining hall, Hannah Bronfman would cook chicken milanese, steak, and stews for her roommate and neighbors. Caitlin Brody, Glamour, "That Thing I Always Cook: Hannah Bronfman's Braised Chicken with Apricots and Olives," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Tot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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