Definition of teetotum in English:

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teetotum

Pronunciation: /tēˈtōdəm/

noun

A small spinning top spun with the fingers, especially one with four sides lettered to determine whether the spinner has won or lost.
Example sentences
  • Another guest describes a patient who thought he was a spinning top, or teetotum, and liked to spin around, at which the guest prepares to demonstrate before being interrupted by another table guest who whispers into his ear.
  • However, variations of the game were invented when teetotums developed a body in the shape of a cube.
  • A six-sided teetotum or die and a playing piece of a different color for each player, are also needed.

Origin

Early 18th century (as T totum): from T (representing totum, inscribed on the side of the toy) + Latin totum 'the whole' (stake). The letters on the sides (representing Latin words) were T (= totum), A (= auferre 'take away'), D (= deponere 'put down'), and N (= nihil 'nothing').

Words that rhyme with teetotum

factotum, Gotham, scrotum, totem

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tee·to·tum

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