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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 mom of one then swoops in to shower Stormi with kisses as the tot giggles with delight. Rachel Desantis,, "Kylie Jenner's 19-Month-Old Daughter Stormi Adorably Tells Her 'Love You!' in Sweet Clip," 15 Sep. 2019 Since Archie's birth in May, the royal couple have remained protective of their son, sharing only a handful of images of the adorable tot. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Just Shared a Never-Before-Seen Photo of Baby Archie on Instagram," 15 Sep. 2019 The tot seems to be just as energetic and tireless as his father, Chip Gaines. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Joanna Gaines reveals new cookbook with behind-the-scenes look at 11-month-old son Crew," 11 June 2019 Woodstock’s Pizza will offer $4 specials like its signature loaded tots smothered in cheese, bacon, onions and jalapeños, served with a side of ranch or zesty red sauce, or choose from 10 16-ounce craft beers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: 2019 guide to Labor Day weekend food and drink deals in San Diego County," 29 Aug. 2019 Co-written by her mother, Carolyn London, the memoir mixes in lessons for mothers and daughters as the dialoging duo trace Banks' journey from a tot to a top model and beyond. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "5 things we learned about Tyra Banks from her new memoir ‘Perfect Is Boring’," 3 Apr. 2018 The Tex-Mex menu includes carne asada tots, brisket tacos, ground beef burritos and fajitas. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "David Chang’s Fuku fried chicken is (almost) here, L.A.," 16 Sep. 2019 Playground equipment was vandalized at a tot lot play area. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 11 Sep. 2019 In addition to the swimming pool, gift and grocery store, and tot lot playground, all 93 of their sites feature full hookups, plus cable TV, wi-fi and pristine bathrooms. John-john Williams Iv,, "With a pool and grocery store, Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina in Abingdon isn’t just a campground," 22 Aug. 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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6 Nov 2019

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The first known use of tot was in 1725

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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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meddlesome, informal, or unofficial

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