verb (tootled; tootling) Etymology: frequentative of 1toot Date: 1820 intransitive verb 1. to toot gently, repeatedly, or continuously 2. to drive or move along in a leisurely manner transitive verb to toot continuously on <
tootled his flute
tootle nountootler noun

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  • Tootle — Too tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tootled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tootling}.] [Freq. of toot.] To toot gently, repeatedly, or continuously, on a wind instrument, as a flute; also, to make a similar noise by any means. The tootling robin. John Clare.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tootle — (v.) 1820, frequentative of TOOT (Cf. toot) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tootle — ► VERB 1) casually make a series of sounds on a horn, trumpet, etc. 2) informal go or travel in a leisurely way. ► NOUN 1) an act or sound of tootling. 2) informal a leisurely journey. ORIGIN from TOOT(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • tootle — [to͞ot′ l] vi. tootled, tootling [freq. of TOOT] 1. to toot softly and more or less continuously on a horn, flute, etc. 2. to move about in a leisurely or unrushed way; esp., to drive in this way as in a small car n. the act or sound of tootling… …   English World dictionary

  • tootle — [[t]tu͟ːt(ə)l[/t]] tootles, tootling, tootled 1) VERB If you tootle somewhere, you travel or go there without rushing or without any particular aim. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL] [V prep/adv] I m sure Ted is tootling down the motorway at this very… …   English dictionary

  • tootle — UK [ˈtuːt(ə)l] / US [ˈtut(ə)l] verb Word forms tootle : present tense I/you/we/they tootle he/she/it tootles present participle tootling past tense tootled past participle tootled informal 1) [intransitive] to go somewhere slowly or in a relaxed… …   English dictionary

  • tootle — I. /ˈtutl / (say toohtl) verb (i) (tootled, tootling) 1. to toot gently or repeatedly on a flute or the like. –noun 2. the sound itself. {frequentative of toot1} II. /ˈtutl / (say toohtl) verb (i) (tootled, tootling) …   Australian English dictionary

  • tootle — tootler, n. /tooht l/, v., tootled, tootling, n. v.i. 1. to toot gently or repeatedly on a flute or the like. 2. to move or proceed in a leisurely way. n. 3. the sound made by tooting on a flute or the like. [1810 20; TOOT1 + LE] * * * …   Universalium

  • tootle — verb a) To make a soft, toot sound b) To amble aimlessly …   Wiktionary

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