from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Informal To haul; lug.
  • transitive v. Informal To have on one's person; pack: toting guns.
  • n. Informal A load; a burden.
  • n. A tote bag.
  • transitive v. Informal To determine the total of; add up.
  • transitive v. Informal To sum up; summarize.
  • n. Informal A pari-mutuel machine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bag, specifically a tote bag.
  • n. A heavy burden.
  • v. To carry a heavy load.
  • n. A pari-mutuel machine; a totalizator
  • v. To add up; to calculate a total.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The entire body, or all.
  • transitive v. To carry or bear; ; -- a colloquial word originating in the Southern States, and used there esp. by negroes, now common throughout the U. S.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To haul (supplies) to a logging-camp.
  • An obsolete or dialectal form of toot.
  • An obsolete form of toot.
  • Same as tot.
  • To count; reckon.
  • To carry or bear, especially in the arms, on the shoulders, or on the back, as a burden or load.
  • n. The entire body, or all: as, the whole tote.
  • n. The handle of a joiners' plane.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a capacious bag or basket
  • v. carry with difficulty


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps (via Black West African English) of Bantu origin; akin to Kongo -tota, to pick up, and Swahili -tuta, to pile up, carry.
Short for totalizator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Shortening of total, with e to distinguish from tot in writing

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Shortening of totalizator


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