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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 Luckily, Jason Momoa dropped by The Kelly Clarkson Show, and the tiny tots ran out to meet their favorite DC Comics superhero. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Kelly Clarkson's Kids Ask Jason Momoa Some Really Important 'Aquaman' Questions," 13 Nov. 2019 The tiny tot went meta by adorably dressing in a miniature replica of her mother’s glamorous gown for this year’s Met Gala. Cady Lang, Time, "Kylie Jenner's Daughter Stormi Attended Halloween Festivities Dressed Like Mom," 28 Oct. 2019 On the table, there's a giant plate of pancakes (maybe the new Butter Pecan Pancakes with Pumpkin Butter?), plus a separate plate filled with thick-cut bacon, scrambled eggs, and crispy, housemade tater tots. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "This Is What Joanna Gaines Orders at Magnolia Table," 19 Oct. 2019 My mom was baking a family favorite, tater tots from the freezer. Jay Deitcher, Longreads, "To Love and Protect Each Other — From Bigotry," 29 Sep. 2019 The couple most recently had a blowout first birthday party for their tiny tot in New York City. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Cardi B Wants To Have Another Baby," 17 Sep. 2019 The crunchy tater tots are the way to go vs. skin-on fries and onion rings, which both came out soggy and needed more fryer time. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill," 28 June 2019 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

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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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20 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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