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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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Of the Loaded Lobster Tots, the sweet lovely lobster and toasty potato tots were buried beneath an avalanche of cheese sauce AND chipotle aioli. Beth Segal,, "Thyme Table: Sage decisions can make for a great meal in Bay Village," 30 Aug. 2019 The famous tot wore a camouflage outfit and sneakers as Jenner carried her and Scott gave her a kiss on the cheek. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Couldn't Keep Their Hands off Each Other at His Documentary Premiere," 28 Aug. 2019 In the shot, the little tot can be seen posing with her arms crossed and her back against a wall — looking completely uninterested in the fish tank beside her. Robyn Merrett,, "Kylie Jenner Shares Sweet Photo of Stormi 'Looking Too Cool for Me' at Aquarium," 31 July 2019 The sweet tot has just taken his first steps, and dad Chip could not be prouder. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines' Son Crew Took His First Steps and the Photo Will Melt Your Heart," 20 July 2019 The tot was rushed to hospital at around 4:30 p.m. local time yesterday. Fox News, "Indiana toddler, allegedly dangled by grandfather, dies after plunging 150 feet from cruise ship: report," 8 July 2019 The little tot is also expanding on his vocabulary. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "DJ Khalad is finding out that potty training a 2-year-old is a 'team effort'," 3 July 2019 The tots have already had plenty of wedding experience thanks to their uncle Prince Harry, who got hitched in May, and aunt Pippa Middleton, who got married last year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Has Already Chosen Her Maid of Honor," 2 Aug. 2018 Moon Month, at the Exploratorium science museum on Pier 15 will be filled with lunar lore, activities, exhibits and programs as well as science story times for tots. April Orcutt,, "50 years ago, the first humans stepped on the moon. Here’s how the West is celebrating our ‘giant leap’," 7 July 2019

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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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