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adjectiveNorthern Irish, Scottish
Very small.‘a toty wee room’
- ‘If you do it too fast, if your fingers just move and even it is just the totiest wee bit, its tail whished and it was away.’
- ‘She had a china face and dainty wee toty fingers.’
- ‘They said it was coffee and then sold you a cup of water with just a toty wee splash of brown stuff.’
- ‘I'd always assumed that my country was a toty wee place with no political clout.’
- ‘I expected a big giant of a man and here he was just a wee toty man.’
Early 19th century (in the noun sense ‘little child’): affectionate diminutive of tot.
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