[ toh-ting ]
/ ˈtoʊ tɪŋ /

noun Southern U.S.

the practice of taking home food from an employer by a person engaged in domestic service.
the food so taken.

Nearby words

  1. totemite,
  2. totes,
  3. tother,
  4. toti-,
  5. totidem verbis,
  6. totipalmate,
  7. totipalmation,
  8. totipotency,
  9. totipotent,
  10. totis viribus

Origin of toting

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; tote1 + -ing1


[ 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.

Origin of tote

An Americanism dating back to 1670–80; origin uncertain

Related formstot·a·ble, tote·a·ble, adjectivetot·er, noun


[ toht ]
/ toʊt /

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

Informal. to add up; total.

Origin of tote

1885–90; probably v. use of tote, shortening of total Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toting

British Dictionary definitions for toting


/ (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 toting



"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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