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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
1670-80, Americanism; 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
1890-95; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for totes
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • Moore swirls you in cobwebs and totes you away into infinity.

  • The man that totes a whiskey blossom on the end of his flue carries a cheap add for the devil.

    Treading the Narrow Way R. E. Barrett
  • 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
  • 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
  • Yes, and that little chair he totes around, and look how it's all twisted out of shape.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
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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