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Meaning of TEETOTUM

Pronunciation:  tee'towtum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin; "he got a bright red top and string for his birthday"
 

TEETOTUM is a 8 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: spinning top, top, whirligig
 
 See Also: humming top, peg top, plaything, toy, whip top, whipping top

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Tee*to"tum\, n. [For T-totum. It was used for playing
games of chance, and was four-sided, one side having the
letter {T} on it, standing for Latin totum all, meaning, take
all that is staked, whence the name. The other three sides
each had a letter indicating an English or Latin word; as {P}
meaning put down, {N} nothing or L. nil, {H} half. See
{Total}.]
A child's toy, somewhat resembling a top, and twirled by the
fingers.

      The staggerings of the gentleman . . . were like those
      of a teetotum nearly spent.              --Dickens.

 

 

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