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totes

[tohts]
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adverb Informal.
  1. totally: That's totes awesome!
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Origin of totes

by shortening and alteration

tote1

[toht]
verb (used with object), tot·ed, tot·ing.
  1. to carry, as on one's back or in one's arms: to tote a bundle.
  2. to carry on one's person: to tote a gun.
  3. to transport or convey, as on a vehicle or boat.
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noun
  1. the act or course of toting.
  2. something that is toted.
  3. tote bag.
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Origin of tote1

An Americanism dating back to 1670–80; origin uncertain
Related formstot·a·ble, tote·a·ble, adjectivetot·er, noun

tote2

[toht]
verb (used with object), tot·ed, tot·ing.
  1. Informal. to add up; total.
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Origin of tote2

1885–90; probably v. use of tote, shortening of total

tote3

[toht]
noun Informal.
  1. a totalizator.
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Origin of tote3

First recorded in 1890–95; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for totes

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Historical Examples

  • Moore swirls you in cobwebs and totes you away into infinity.

  • The old man–judging from his photograph, which Hill totes around in his pocket–is a bigger freak than Hiram is.

  • The rest haven't got beyond paper, and old Huz-and-Buz totes them round in his pocket, which isn't good for their growth.'

    Wandering Heath

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Yes, and that little chair he totes around, and look how it's all twisted out of shape.

  • Just because I totes them in plain sight I've got to hand 'em over to some liquor-wrastler?


British Dictionary definitions for totes

totes

adverb
  1. British slang totally; completely; entirelyThat is totes amazing.
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Word Origin

shortening of totally

tote

verb
  1. (tr) to carry, convey, or drag
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noun
  1. the act of or an instance of toting
  2. something toted
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Derived Formstoter, noun

Word Origin

C17: of obscure origin

Tote

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

tote

v.

"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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