Main definitions of tot in English

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Pronunciation /tät/ /tɑt/

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noun

  • 1A very young child.

    ‘dancing classes for tiny tots’
    • ‘Many schools wore a festive look; sweets were distributed to tiny tots and one school provided free insurance cover for children.’
    • ‘Over 200 tiny tots, all orphans, from Helpage Care India and Sharada Mandir flocked to the club, off Mysore Road, to celebrate the event.’
    • ‘From tiny tots to teenagers, the camp is the place to be for those willing to spend free time - a valuable commodity these days - productively.’
    • ‘The students who visited the village on February 5 spent that day and the next with the crowd of teenagers and tiny tots there.’
    • ‘What's more, there's a glimmer in her eye, whenever she talks about the second generation of tiny tots at her play school.’
    • ‘While the skaters who range from tiny tots to teenagers find their rhythm, curious passers-by gather to have a look.’
    • ‘These sessions promise to be enjoyable storytimes for tiny tots and toddlers.’
    • ‘It was a wonderful sight to watch the tiny tots toddle on the stage without any fear.’
    • ‘Dance classes for girls and boys by the Mulcahy-Bible School of Dancing will take place every Wednesday at 2.15 for tiny tots and 3.15 for all ages.’
    • ‘Dressed as vegetables, animals, rainbows and even as Day & Night, tiny tots stood up for the animals and the veg-lovers.’
    • ‘It was the first annual day of the Daffodils Playschool a few days ago, and the tiny tots treated the audience to the colourful culture of India and those of distant lands.’
    • ‘About 50 tiny tots said goodbye to television for a while.’
    • ‘And it is the tiny tots who seem to be in the limelight.’
    • ‘The breathtaking performance by the tiny tots, who represented the presence of the Sindhis in different parts of the world, was commendable.’
    • ‘Tiny tots in the age group of 1-10 years participated in the competitions.’
    • ‘At the Institute of Child Health, Egmore, the children had surprise visitors bringing with them plenty of smiles for the tiny tots.’
    • ‘From five-year-old tiny tots to the 40 plus, they moved and grooved.’
    • ‘The children of various age groups presented a colourful mosaic of music and dance and tiny tots danced to the beats of the songs with perfect grace and style.’
    • ‘She was scanned once a week from 30 weeks onwards because the tot was not putting on the expected amount of weight.’
    • ‘The raiders broke into the community centre where the toddler group meets and ransacked four rooms, helping themselves to drinks and chocolate that had been bought for the tots.’
    baby, babe, infant, toddler, newborn, tiny tot, child, little one, mite
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  • 2British A small amount of a strong alcoholic drink such as whiskey or brandy.

    ‘ a tot of brandy’
    • ‘In Ronald Burton Milner's case, the drop is a tot of whisky before he goes to bed and a glass of Guinness with his Sunday lunch.’
    • ‘She likes a tot of whisky and has always been a flirt, especially with the doctors.’
    • ‘His coachman's way of keeping warm was to have a tot of whisky while he was waiting for the Archbishop to come out of the theatre.’
    • ‘That was the reaction of a mother after an inquest heard that her son died when he swam in the River Ouse after drinking the equivalent of 16 tots of whisky.’
    • ‘Afterwards we were treated to free samples of Helen's strudel and a tot of the local hooch, raki, a colourless liquid drunk like schnapps which is not for the faint-hearted.’
    • ‘Before its end, he would take his men through a minefield, capture a trench full of German soldiers without firing a shot - and enjoy a tot of rum from a jug he clung to as dearly as life itself when he was submerged below the landing craft.’
    • ‘For 40 of those 60 minutes we weren't allowed to touch a drop from the four wine glasses in front of us, each with a tot of amber liquid.’
    • ‘Like his predecessors, Lt Patrick Ryan caught his dolphins between his teeth from the bottom of the glass as he knocked back a tot of rum.’
    • ‘I wanted to drop that experience like a tot of honeyed mead into my subconscious, for my own, selfish poetic reasons.’
    • ‘One of the biggest studies into drinking has found that wine, beer and even a daily tot of whisky can lengthen your life and protect the body against the diseases of ageing.’
    • ‘Centenarian Harold Barrett today revealed his secret for long life - hard work and a regular tot of whisky.’
    • ‘Horatio enjoys dry clothes and a tot of rum, as well as the news that the Admiralty has confirmed him as Lieutenant in recognition of his courage during the fire ship attack at Gibraltar.’
    • ‘If your outdoor sugaring labors have left you with a chill, you may care to fortify, for medicinal purposes, your hot maple tea with a tot of Jamaica rum.’
    • ‘A comrade gave him a tot of rum and a sixpence to bite on.’
    • ‘Drinkers could purchase a tot of liquor for as little as 1d or a few cowrie shells, and so it reached the poorer sections of Nigerian society.’
    • ‘Linus liked a drink and it was always said that in the trenches, when the soldiers were given a tot of rum before going over the top, Linus made short work of his own tot and those of anyone who didn't like rum as well.’
    • ‘And if she enjoyed a tot of Scotch whiskey every now and then, well, they liked that too.’
    • ‘Always on duty when crews returned from missions, he would offer solace and a welcome tot of rum.’
    • ‘At a far corner of the clubroom two astute gentlemen were, like some of the other members, sipping their tot of whiskey and engaged in hushed conversation.’
    • ‘Any grog remaining at the bottom of the tub - and there were often several tots of it - was known as ‘plushers’.’
    dram, small measure, drink, nip, slug, drop, draught, swallow, swig
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Origin

Early 18th century (originally dialect): of unknown origin.

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Pronunciation /tät/ /tɑt/

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transitive verbtots, totting, totted

[with object]
  • 1tot something upBritish Add up numbers or amounts.

    • ‘she totted up some figures’
    add, total, sum, count, calculate, compute, reckon, enumerate, tally, work something out, figure something out, take stock of something, quantify
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    1. 1.1Accumulate something over a period of time.
      • ‘he has already totted up 89 victories’
      accumulate, gather, build up, amass, accrue, stockpile, acquire
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Origin

Mid 18th century from archaic tot ‘set of figures to be added up’, abbreviation of total or of Latin totum ‘the whole’.

Main definitions of tot in English

: tot1tot2tot3

tot3

Pronunciation /tät/ /tɑt/

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intransitive verbtots, totting, totted

[no object]informal British
  • Salvage salable items from garbage cans or piles of waste.

    • ‘there was only a bent figure of a man totting among the refuse’

Origin

Late 19th century from slang tot ‘bone’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

tot

/tät/ /tɑt/