Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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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