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totes

[tohts] /toʊts/
adverb, Informal.
1.
totally:
That's totes awesome!
Origin of totes
by shortening and alteration

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
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 totes
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  • Moore swirls you in cobwebs and totes you away into infinity.

  • The old man–judging from his photograph, which Hill totes around in his pocket–is a bigger freak than Hiram is.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • The rest haven't got beyond paper, and old Huz-and-Buz totes them round in his pocket, which isn't good for their growth.'

    Wandering Heath

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Yes, and that little chair he totes around, and look how it's all twisted out of shape.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • Just because I totes them in plain sight I've got to hand 'em over to some liquor-wrastler?

    Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
  • He confines his exploits to a brace of dreamy lookin' ground owls he totes 'round with him, an' which he calls his "hosses."

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for totes

totes

/təʊts/
adverb
1.
(Brit, slang) totally; completely; entirely: That is totes amazing.
Word Origin
shortening of totally

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 totes

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for totes

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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