Share this entry

rootle Syllabification: roo·tle
Pronunciation: /ˈro͞odl/

Definition of rootle in English:


Informal term for root2.
Example sentences
  • If I hadn't got indigestion I wouldn't have gone rootling around in my bedside drawer for that indigestion tablet that i never knew why I had in the first place.
  • As an unrepentant internet devotee, I spend a lot of time rootling around cyberspace seeking out the edifying and unusual.
  • Repotting them has taken care of removing the mulch, which needs doing at this time of year so that the birds can rootle around in the pot and eat some of the nasties which are attempting to overwinter in there.


Early 19th century: frequentative of root2.

Words that rhyme with rootle

brutal, footle, pootle, refutal, tootle

Definition of rootle in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources