Teetotum definition

tē-tōtəm
A top, usually having four lettered sides, that is used to play various games of chance.
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A small top spun with the fingertips, esp. one with four lettered sides used in a game of chance.
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(historical) A toy (top) similar to a dreidel.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
teetotum
Plural:
teetotums

Origin of teetotum

  • From 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 teutā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition