Main definitions of tot in English

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tot1

noun

  • 1A very young child.

    • ‘Dressed as vegetables, animals, rainbows and even as Day & Night, tiny tots stood up for the animals and the veg-lovers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While the skaters who range from tiny tots to teenagers find their rhythm, curious passers-by gather to have a look.’
    • ‘The breathtaking performance by the tiny tots, who represented the presence of the Sindhis in different parts of the world, was commendable.’
    • ‘These sessions promise to be enjoyable storytimes for tiny tots and toddlers.’
    • ‘From five-year-old tiny tots to the 40 plus, they moved and grooved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What's more, there's a glimmer in her eye, whenever she talks about the second generation of tiny tots at her play school.’
    • ‘It was a wonderful sight to watch the tiny tots toddle on the stage without any fear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the Institute of Child Health, Egmore, the children had surprise visitors bringing with them plenty of smiles for the tiny tots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over 200 tiny tots, all orphans, from Helpage Care India and Sharada Mandir flocked to the club, off Mysore Road, to celebrate the event.’
    • ‘Many schools wore a festive look; sweets were distributed to tiny tots and one school provided free insurance cover for children.’
    • ‘And it is the tiny tots who seem to be in the limelight.’
    • ‘The students who visited the village on February 5 spent that day and the next with the crowd of teenagers and tiny tots there.’
    • ‘About 50 tiny tots said goodbye to television for a while.’
    • ‘She was scanned once a week from 30 weeks onwards because the tot was not putting on the expected amount of weight.’
    • ‘Tiny tots in the age group of 1-10 years participated in the competitions.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A comrade gave him a tot of rum and a sixpence to bite on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She likes a tot of whisky and has always been a flirt, especially with the doctors.’
    • ‘Always on duty when crews returned from missions, he would offer solace and a welcome tot of rum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And if she enjoyed a tot of Scotch whiskey every now and then, well, they liked that too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I wanted to drop that experience like a tot of honeyed mead into my subconscious, for my own, selfish poetic reasons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    dram, small measure, drink, nip, slug, drop, draught, swallow, swig
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

tot

/tɑt//tät/

Main definitions of tot in English

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tot2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]tot something up
British
  • 1Add up numbers or amounts.

    ‘she totted up some figures’
    • ‘But I suppose it is easy to tot up the points - and maybe he was just more honest than the rest of the audience (like a spoil-sport, I refused to participate).’
    • ‘It's easy to think you're doing 4 hours of revision a day but when you tot it up, you realise it's only an hour.’
    • ‘With his team already through to the second stage, this result probably will not matter to United when the final points in Group F are totted up.’
    • ‘The second best player will receive two points and the third best one point, and those points will be totted up during the year.’
    • ‘For the purposes of voting, the ballots of one or two obscure communes - no shortage of these - may be totted up under the aegis of a larger one.’
    • ‘But I'm pretty sure that if they were all totted up, we would be into quite a few millions.’
    • ‘Your modern political accountants, as they scavenge through history to make the case for the prosecution, have they totted up the deaths caused by colonialism, and capitalism?’
    • ‘We'd actually put Greece at the head of the pack by the time we'd totted everything up, and correctly predicted that the UK would come last.’
    • ‘I'll tot them all up later - please feel free to submit more.’
    • ‘Details of the funds raised for them following his funeral have only just been totted up and made known.’
    • ‘The proceeds of all the transactions are totted up, and then divided by the total number of sales to reach an average sale price.’
    • ‘After all the countries report their votes, they're totted up and the winner is proclaimed.’
    • ‘Then I totted up the prices and decided I'd had a moment of unsustainable madness, so I selected just the one - C.P. Cafavy: Collected Poems - and put the rest back with reluctance and a few sighs.’
    • ‘When we totted up the capital projects in Cardiff which were solely dedicated to cultural activities we came up with a total of 19, adding up to £578m of funding - most of it provided by the government and the city.’
    • ‘Finally I drifted off to sleep at about 3am, and, between then and the first mobile phone ringing at 5.45 am, I must have had, when you tot it all up, a good hour and a half's kip.’
    • ‘We just totted up how much we ate and priced it against the regular menu and we managed £45.00 pounds worth.’
    • ‘The latter happily totted up how much of his earnings - half a million - ended up against a toilet wall.’
    • ‘There are no dumb blondes or doormats; all of these women know the score and can tot it up in their heads without a calculator.’
    • ‘An MP3 player and pedometer in one, it tots up the distance you have covered and the time it has taken while you listen to your favourite tunes.’
    • ‘No matter how many times we totted it up, the chromosome count never rose above 46 (with a bit missing if you were a man).’
    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. 1.1 Accumulate something over a period of time.
      ‘he has already totted up 89 victories’
      • ‘Indeed, Lightbody's profligacy explained why Jed only managed to tot up six first-half points, through a Clark Laidlaw drop goal - in the eighth minute and Kevin Amos' penalty.’
      • ‘Never mind all the plays, poems and novels he wrote; d' Annunzio was a ladies' man who totted up in excess of 100 lovers.’
      • ‘We've totted up a few but which songs do you think deserve honorary number one status?’
      • ‘In seven innings in all forms of cricket so far this season he has totted up 428 runs at an average of 71.33.’
      • ‘Manchester University student Louise Magee has totted up a debt of almost £13,000 in the last three years.’
      • ‘It required an assured batting display at Broadwater to secure the 12 points after the visitors had inserted Fleetwood and watched them tot up 208-6 off their 57 overs.’
      • ‘Last year Matthew earned $506,273 in 27 starts, totted up seven top-ten finishes and, famously, made the putt that regained the Solheim Cup from American clutches.’
      • ‘He only recently returned to the side after six weeks out with a neck injury, but the booking he picked up at Hartlepool United on Boxing Day means he has totted up too many disciplinary points.’
      • ‘Swindon Services, the arm of the council responsible for street cleaning and other frontline work, totted up savings of £210,000 last year.’
      • ‘Members of the York branch of the Dunkirk Veterans Association totted up an impressive £1,131 for their cause when they mounted a day's cash-collecting offensive in the Coppergate Centre.’
      • ‘At the age of 35, Lopez has totted up more than her fair share of broken marriages and relationships.’
      • ‘I myself seriously need to get on my bike again - this week has seen me complete something like 40 miles, whereas the three previous weeks had seen me tot up around 1000 miles.’
      • ‘‘I was one of the culprits,’ Nolan said as Wanderers totted up a number of missed opportunities.’
      • ‘If they tot up 12 or more points, their licence is taken away.’
      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’.

Pronunciation

tot

/tɑt//tät/

Main definitions of tot in English

: tot1tot2tot3

tot3

verb

[NO OBJECT]usually as noun totting
British
informal
  • Salvage salable items from garbage cans or piles of waste.

    ‘local authorities frown on totting and many ban it outright’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

tot

/tɑt//tät/