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toting

[toh-ting] /ˈtoʊ tɪŋ/
noun, Southern U.S.
1.
the practice of taking home food from an employer by a person engaged in domestic service.
2.
the food so taken.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; tote1 + -ing1

tote1

[toht] /toʊt/
verb (used with object), toted, toting.
1.
to carry, as on one's back or in one's arms:
to tote a bundle.
2.
to carry on one's person:
to tote a gun.
3.
to transport or convey, as on a vehicle or boat.
noun
4.
the act or course of toting.
5.
something that is toted.
6.
Origin
1670-80, Americanism; origin uncertain
Related forms
totable, toteable, adjective
toter, noun

tote2

[toht] /toʊt/
verb (used with object), toted, toting.
1.
Informal. to add up; total.
Origin
1885-90; probably v. use of tote, shortening of total
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  • Our meeting was the beginning of a friendship that would add some poetry to my rootball-toting life.
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  • Gun-toting government agents enforced the legislated baseline of mediocrity.
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  • Satellite phone-toting cowboys herd info on wildfires.
  • The idea is that a driver toting an armload of grocery bags will have a hands-free solution to getting into their vehicle.
  • The tribes have been transformed from gun-toting bands of desert warriors into well-oiled political machines.
  • Such hotspots allow laptop-toting customers to check their e-mail and read the news as they sip their lattes.
  • We'd recommend it to any bibliophile tired of toting paperbacks.
  • She's a clipboard-toting, can-do gal, proud to be a government worker.
British Dictionary definitions for toting

tote

/təʊt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to carry, convey, or drag
noun
2.
the act of or an instance of toting
3.
something toted
Derived Forms
toter, noun
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin

Tote

/təʊt/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) trademark the Tote, short for totalizator (sense 1), totalizator (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for toting

tote

v.

"to carry," 1670s, of unknown origin; originally attested in Virginia, but OED discounts the popular theory of its origin in a W.African language (cf. Kikongo tota "pick up," Kimbundu tuta "carry, load," related to Swahili tuta "pile up, carry"). Related: Toted; toting. Tote bag is first recorded 1900.

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Slang definitions & phrases for toting

tote 1

verb

Total; add up to: How much does it tote? (1760+)


tote 2

noun

(also tote board) A totalizator, a machine that displays odds at a racetrack

[1950+; totalizator is found by 1879]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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