[ toht ]
/ toʊt /

verb (used with object), tot·ed, tot·ing.

to carry, as on one's back or in one's arms: to tote a bundle.
to carry on one's person: to tote a gun.
to transport or convey, as on a vehicle or boat.


the act or course of toting.
something that is toted.

Nearby words

  1. totalizer,
  2. totally,
  3. totally ordered set,
  4. totaquine,
  5. totara,
  6. tote bag,
  7. tote board,
  8. tote box,
  9. tote road,
  10. totem

Origin of tote

An Americanism dating back to 1670–80; origin uncertain

Related formstot·a·ble, tote·a·ble, adjectivetot·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for toter


/ (təʊt) informal /


(tr) to carry, convey, or drag


the act of or an instance of toting
something toted
Derived Formstoter, noun

Word Origin for tote

C17: of obscure origin


/ (təʊt) /


the Tote (sometimes not capital) trademark short for totalizator (def. 1), totalizator (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for toter



"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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