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noun
  1. a small child.
  2. Chiefly British. a small portion of a beverage, especially a dram of liquor.
  3. a small quantity of anything.
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Origin of tot1

1680–90; perhaps short for totterer

tot2

[tot]
verb (used with or without object), tot·ted, tot·ting.
  1. to add; total (often followed by up).
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noun
  1. a total.
  2. the act of adding.
  3. British Informal. a column of numbers to be added.
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Origin of tot2

1745–55; < Latin: so much, so many
Related formsun·tot·ted, adjective

tot.

  1. total.
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Related Words

juvenile, bairn, sprout, infant, newborn, descendant, offspring, lamb, mite, adolescent, progeny, tyke, imp, youngster, innocent, squirt, issue, minor, teenager, teen

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British Dictionary definitions for tot

tot1

noun
  1. a young child; toddler
  2. mainly British a small amount of anything
  3. a small measure of spirits
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps short for totterer; see totter

tot2

verb tots, totting or totted
  1. (usually foll by up) mainly British to total; add
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Word Origin

C17: shortened from total or from Latin totum all
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Word Origin and History for tot

n.

"little child," 1725, Scottish, of uncertain origin, perhaps a shortened form of totter, or related to Old Norse tottr, nickname of a dwarf (cf. Swedish tutte "little child," Danish tommel-tot "little child," in which the first element means "thumb").

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v.

"to reckon up," 1760, from tot (n.), first recorded 1680s, short for total.

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