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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year, for example, the royal family shared a snap of the tot finger-panting—and subsequently smearing said paint all over his face. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Louis Is All Smiles in His New Birthday Portrait," 22 Apr. 2021 The tot lot at Billings Field in West Roxbury, the soccer field at LoPresti Park in East Boston., "In his seven years, Walsh channeled some of energy from strong economy toward pockets of need but a few commitments remain unfulfilled," 22 Mar. 2021 This tiny tot is a hundred per cent pure potential! Dahlia Gallin Ramirez, The New Yorker, "Dolls That Failed," 12 Mar. 2021 But just in case you are invited by some local tribesmen anywhere in the Amazon Basin to knock back a tot of chicha, do anything to avoid it. John Mariani, Forbes, "Even When Covid Goes Away, You Still Need To Take These Health Precautions When You Eat Out," 1 Mar. 2021 Laundry hangs from a window above the tot lot at the back of the snug mid-block space. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "A redone Chinatown park shows why public space matters in times like these," 24 Feb. 2021 Look for a lightweight boot with a good, rubbery grip and deep treads to keep your tiny tot standing upright in the snow. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best snow boots: Trudge confidently through snowfall," 17 Feb. 2021 The amenity center features indoor lounges and outdoor verandas, a 2,500-square-foot fitness center, a junior Olympic pool, a resort pool and a tot pool with waterfalls. Mustang Lakes, Dallas News, "Award-winning community doubles sales in 2020," 17 Jan. 2021 Officials are also planning an esports/computer room, which will include community computer access, esports classes, tot computer classes, middle/high school activities, graphic design and coding opportunities. Steve Schering,, "Proposed Oak Park recreation center passes halfway point in fundraising effort, parks officials say," 13 Nov. 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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26 Apr 2021

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“Tot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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