Definition of tootle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtuːt(ə)l/


1 [no object] Make a series of sounds by blowing a horn, trumpet, or similar instrument: he tootled on the horn
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  • As the mounted, scarlet coated protest leader tootled on his horn, the adviser looked up, lit a cigarette and ambled away, entirely unconcerned.
  • The BMW stops dead, and the driver starts tootling with vigour.
  • That's a rare tune for the French to be tootling.
2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] informal Go or travel in a leisurely way: they were tootling along the coast road
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  • The lightweight blokart is a micro landsailer, ideal for racing up the beach or for gently tootling along in a light breeze with children.
  • People tootle around the streets in rental golf carts, or walk: there's plenty of time to stroll when everyone else is on foot, too.
  • Just tootling along, getting stuff done, and enjoying.


1An act or sound of blowing a horn, trumpet, or similar instrument: the tootle and thump of the band the twang and tootle of musical instruments
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  • So something ‘Irish’ - a quick-tempered but romantic drunkard, or a wistful tootle of the uillean pipes - is not necessarily put there to say something about Ireland, but to say something about America.
  • And so the Edinburgh Fringe begins, more with a tootle than a fanfare, as the week zero shows kick off (week zero being the pre-week before the first week - as if three weeks wasn't enough time to fit in all the shows).
  • The EU's brave mission to improve its transparency continues to be seen as nothing more than another tootle of this tired old trumpet.
2 informal A leisurely journey: I was interested in a little more speed from the car than a tootle


Early 19th century: frequentative of toot.

Words that rhyme with tootle

brutal, footle, pootle, refutal, rootle
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