- any small top spun with the fingers.
- a kind of die having four sides, each marked with a different initial letter, spun with the fingers in an old game of chance.
Origin of teetotum
Examples from the Web for teetotum
Historical Examples of teetotum
All this Rainey saw as he circled, while the mass whirled like a teetotum.A Man to His Mate
J. Allan Dunn
I have already apologized for treating you like a teetotum, on a former occasion.The Fallen Leaves
In Polynesia the coco-nut is spun like a teetotum to discover a thief.
The compass-card spun round like a teetotum, whirling faster and faster.
However, I could not augur ill of one who laughed so heartily, nor of the other, who seemed so happy in making himself a teetotum.Rattlin the Reefer
- a spinning top bearing letters of the alphabet on its four sides
- such a top used as a die in gambling games