- a small child.
- Chiefly British. a small portion of a beverage, especially a dram of liquor.
- a small quantity of anything.
Origin of tot1
- to add; total (often followed by up).
- a total.
- the act of adding.
- British Informal. a column of numbers to be added.
Origin of tot2
Related Wordsjuvenile, bairn, sprout, infant, newborn, descendant, offspring, lamb, mite, adolescent, progeny, tyke, imp, youngster, innocent, squirt, issue, minor, teenager, teen
Examples from the Web for tot
Here's hoping Pauly D waits a few years before popping his tot in a tanning bed.‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ Feud Heats Up, Jeremy Piven May Be Delaying ‘Entourage’ Film
October 23, 2013
Charles et al didn't just tot up how much members of each racial group spent.Why Don't Americans Save?
March 13, 2013
But so it is,—tot genera hominum,—so many kinds of whist-players are there!Barrington
Charles James Lever
As soon as the men came on board, a tot of grog was served out, all round.Held Fast For England
G. A. Henty
I drank a very little—the first and last "tot" I took during the battle.Attack
Edward G. D. Liveing
Anna is so fond of Tot, that she will not let a cat come into the room where he is.
The curate took the coffee but refused the tot, although the non-com.Camp Fire Yarns of the Lost Legion
- a young child; toddler
- mainly British a small amount of anything
- a small measure of spirits
- (usually foll by up) mainly British to total; add
Word Origin and History for tot
"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").
"to reckon up," 1760, from tot (n.), first recorded 1680s, short for total.