- 1 [no object] Make a series of sounds by blowing a horn, trumpet, or similar instrument: he tootled on the hornMore example sentences
- 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 roadMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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 instrumentsMore example sentences
- 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.
early 19th century: frequentative of toot.
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