• Tote


    • UK IPA: /təʊt/
    • US IPA: /toÊŠt/
    • Rhymes: -əʊt

    Origin 1

    Full definition of tote



    (plural totes)
    1. A bag, specifically a tote bag.
    2. A heavy burden.


    1. To carry or bear.
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, Mr. Pratt's Patients Chapter 8, We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.
    2. to tote a child over a stream

    Origin 2

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

    Alternative forms


    1. To add up; to calculate a total.

    Origin 3

    Shortening of totalizator



    (plural totes)
    1. (British) A pari-mutuel machine; a totalizator
      • 1892, Banjo Paterson, He was a humorist of note and keen at repartee,He laid the odds and kept a "tote", whatever that may be,
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