Definition of pootle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpuːt(ə)l/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


[no object, with adverbial of direction] British informal
Move or travel in a leisurely manner: they were pootling down a canal in their new boat
More example sentences
  • Then, while pootling along at about 12 mph at the top of Madingley Rise, I got passed by a bloke I recognised from the office (don't know his name).
  • I'm not ready for a test, I still should be pootling on quiet roads at 3mph.
  • The drive was superb, tight, controllable, plenty of power but docile as a kitten after a big meal when simply pootling along.


1970s: blend of the verbs poodle and tootle.

Words that rhyme with pootle

brutal, footle, refutal, rootle, tootle

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Line breaks: poo¦tle

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