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verb (used with or without object), tot·ted, tot·ting.
  1. to add; total (often followed by up).
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  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
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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

Examples from the Web for totted

Historical Examples

  • "Kipper's" rig-out must have totted up to a tidy little sum.

    The Observations of Henry

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • These were totted up at the end of the week, and then and there settled.

  • When he totted it all up together he found that he was affluent.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair

  • Comparisons of form are more accurate and reliable when the worst hole is eliminated, than when all eighteen are totted up.

    The Happy Golfer

    Henry Leach

  • Totted them up to reach the total he had affirmed—certainly eighteen, possibly twenty-one.

British Dictionary definitions for totted


  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


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 totted



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

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