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TOT, n.1 Also tote. Dims. tot(t)ie, totty. [tɔt, tot; ′tote]

1. A small child, a toddler. Gen.Sc. and colloq. Eng. Used freq. as a term of endeadearment (Sc. 1905 E.D.D.), and ironically in 1931 quot. Sc. 1725  Ramsay Gentle Shep. i. ii.:
Wow! Jenny, can there greater pleasure be Than see sic wee tots toolying at your knee?
Ags. 1790  D. Morison Poems 122:
Each for a Bab is inclin'd, To dandle the tote on her knee.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Sir A. Wylie iii.:
Blithe to see the wee totties spinning about the floor like peeries.
Edb. 1866  J. Smith Merry Bridal 41:
To young gudewife Syne cam' totties wee.
Rnf. 1873  J. Nicholson Wee Tibbie 60:
Wee totie, here's a wee hue O' raisins.
Ags. 1880  J. E. Watt Poet Sk. 49:
Roun' her auld creepie the totties wad rin.
Bwk. 1897  R. M. Calder Poems 293:
This wee, wee tot o' mine.
Dmb. 1931  A. J. Cronin Hatter's Castle iii. vii.:
I understand what you're up to' my bonnie tottie.

Hence tottie, tot(e)y, adj., Small, diminutive, tiny (Gall. 1906 A. McCormick Tinkler Gipsies 89; Cai., m. and s.Sc. 1972). Gsw. 1904  H. Foulis Erchie vii.:
A wee totey motor-car a' for your ain sel'.
Dmf. 1912  J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo 34:
A penny book wi' great big letters and wee tottie picters.
Arg. 1952  N. Mitchison Lobsters on the Agenda vi.:
If I can get a wee tottie place it wouldna need heating.
Gsw. 1970  G. M. Fraser General Danced 35:
Yer ain, wee totty bottle.

2. Transf.: a small adult person (Abd. 1972). Rare. Gsw. 1877  A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake 181:
Oor wife's a gey funny auld tot.

3. A child's word for the penis (n.Sc. 1972).

[Orig. Sc. and first recorded in Ramsay. Of uncertain etvm., poss. partly imit., partly a reduced form of Totum or totter, Tottle. Cf. Tot, v.]

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