- the practice of taking home food from an employer by a person engaged in domestic service.
- the food so taken.
Origin of toting
- to carry, as on one's back or in one's arms: to tote a bundle.
- to carry on one's person: to tote a gun.
- to transport or convey, as on a vehicle or boat.
- the act or course of toting.
- something that is toted.
- tote bag.
Origin of tote1
- Informal. to add up; total.
Origin of tote2
Examples from the Web for toting
Hundreds of millions of people were accustomed to toting these objects around, plugging them in to recharge them, and using them.Is Wearable Technology a Fad or the Future?
January 9, 2014
She went with her IV hidden under her dress uniform, toting a bag of medication.Tammy Duckworth on Gun Control, Women in Combat
February 9, 2013
But Rachel, 19, was ready for her—she was toting a razor-sharp steak knife.Mean Girls Love-Triangle Murder
August 6, 2010
He fixed it so as we could both go in with aperns on and toting vittles.Tom Sawyer, Detective
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
We kids use to make extra money by toting gravel in our aprons.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
"If they think we're dead ducks they won't be toting the launcher," Prochaska said.First on the Moon
The women were to do the rest, even to toting the meat to our camp.Up the Mazaruni for Diamonds
William La Varre
Why, it seems only a year ago that I was toting her about on my shoulders!The Courage of Captain Plum
James Oliver Curwood
- (tr) to carry, convey, or drag
- the act of or an instance of toting
- something toted
Word Origin and History for toting
"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.