a small top spun with the fingertips, esp. one with four lettered sides used in a game of chance
Origin of teetotumearlier T totum from the T (for totum) marked on one side + totum, the name of the toy from Classical Latin totum, neuter of totus (see total): the four sides were origin, originally marked T (totum, all) A (aufer, take), D (depone, put), N (nihil, nothing)
A top, usually having four lettered sides, that is used to play various games of chance.
Origin of teetotumFrom earlier T totum ( from the letter tee that appeared on one side of the toy ) from totum teetotum from Latin tōtum neuter sing. of tōtus all ; see teutā- in Indo-European roots.
- (historical) A toy (top) similar to a dreidel.