'Teetotum' definitions:

Definition of 'teetotum'

(from WordNet)
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" [syn: top, whirligig, teetotum, spinning top]

Definition of 'Teetotum'

  • Teetotum \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. [1913 Webster]
  • The staggerings of the gentleman . . . were like those of a teetotum nearly spent. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]