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tote1

[toht] /toʊt/
verb (used with object), toted, toting.
1.
to carry, as on one's back or in one's arms:
to tote a bundle.
2.
to carry on one's person:
to tote a gun.
3.
to transport or convey, as on a vehicle or boat.
noun
4.
the act or course of toting.
5.
something that is toted.
6.
Origin of tote1
1670-1680
An Americanism dating back to 1670-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
totable, toteable, adjective
toter, noun

tote2

[toht] /toʊt/
verb (used with object), toted, toting.
1.
Informal. to add up; total.
Origin
1885-90; probably v. use of tote, shortening of total

tote3

[toht] /toʊt/
noun, Informal.
1.
a totalizator.
Origin
First recorded in 1890-95; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for tote
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  • Can you get yourself home from this spot, or shall I borrow a wheelbarrow and tote you there?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "You'll have to tote them there things," he swiftly explained.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Pluto had to just about tote him home––following the dogs at his age, the idea!

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Craig was making his way along the tote road in a buckboard, with a driver.

  • The tote road was rough and rocky and the equipage was light.

British Dictionary definitions for tote

tote

/təʊt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to carry, convey, or drag
noun
2.
the act of or an instance of toting
3.
something toted
Derived Forms
toter, noun
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin

Tote

/təʊt/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) trademark the Tote, short for totalizator (sense 1), totalizator (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for tote
v.

"to carry," 1670s, of unknown origin; originally attested in Virginia, but OED discounts the popular theory of its origin in a W.African language (cf. Kikongo tota "pick up," Kimbundu tuta "carry, load," related to Swahili tuta "pile up, carry"). Related: Toted; toting. Tote bag is first recorded 1900.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tote

tote 1

verb

Total; add up to: How much does it tote? (1760+)

tote 2

noun

(also tote board) A totalizator, a machine that displays odds at a racetrack

[1950+; totalizator is found by 1879]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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