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A top, usually having four lettered sides, that is used to play various games of chance.
[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; see teutā- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Games, other than specified) a spinning top bearing letters of the alphabet on its four sides
2. (Games, other than specified) such a top used as a die in gambling games
[C18: from T totum, from T initial inscribed on one of the faces + totum the name of the toy, from Latin tōtum the whole]
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a small top spun with the fingers, esp. one with four sides inscribed with letters.
[1710–20; earlier T totum, alter. of totum name of toy (< Latin tōtum, neuter of tōtus all) by prefixing its initial letter, which appeared on one side of the toy]
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|Noun||1.||teetotum - 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"|
humming top - a top that makes a humming noise as it spins
peg top - a pear-shaped top made of wood with a metal center pin
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