[ got-uh ]
/ ˈgɒt ə /
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got to; have got to: I can’t stay—I gotta get up early tomorrow.
got a; have got a: Hey, man, gotta light?
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Origin of gotta
First recorded in 1885–90 in spelling gotter, representing the r-less British pronunciation of the phrase (have) got to or (have) got a in continuous rapid speech
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British Dictionary definitions for gotta
/ (ˈɡɒtə) /
verb, contraction of slang
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