A tot is a small child, like the tots at your little sister's nursery school. Tater tots, or little bitty potato puffs, are another kind of tot.

The origin of the noun tot is a little unclear, although we know it first appeared in the 18th century. It was also common in the early 20th century to refer to children's playgrounds as tot lots. As a verb, tot is an old-fashioned way to say "add," a shortened form of total. So your waiter might say, "I'll be right back with your check as soon as I tot everything up!"

Definitions of tot
  1. noun
    a young child
    synonyms: bambino, toddler, yearling
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    type of:
    child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
    a young person of either sex
  2. noun
    a small amount (especially of a drink)
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    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  3. verb
    determine the sum of
    synonyms: add, add together, add up, sum, sum up, summate, tally, tot up, total, tote up
    add, add together
    make an addition by combining numbers
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    type of:
    count, enumerate, number, numerate
    determine the number or amount of
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