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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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Examples from the Web for totting

Historical Examples

  • Totting, bone-picking, either peripatetically or at the dust-heaps.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Lady Linlithgow sat, totting up her figures, but said nothing.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope

  • But what about me, when it comes to totting up your travelling allowances later on?

  • Frobisher shrugged his shoulders, and went on totting a line of figures in his memorandum-book.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • But I at least can find no critical abacus on which, by totting up the values of both, I can make one greatly outvalue the other.

British Dictionary definitions for totting


  1. British the practice of searching through rubbish for usable or saleable items
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin


  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 totting



"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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