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toting

[toh-ting] /ˈtoʊ tɪŋ/
noun, Southern U.S.
1.
the practice of taking home food from an employer by a person engaged in domestic service.
2.
the food so taken.
Origin of toting
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; tote1 + -ing1

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
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Examples from the Web for toting
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  • You'll all be toting guns and grudges and trying to lynch each other.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
  • 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.

  • "If they think we're dead ducks they won't be toting the launcher," Prochaska said.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • 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
  • By taking turns at toting the thing, the boys got their venison to camp without very much trouble.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
British Dictionary definitions for toting

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 toting

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 toting

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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