too·​tle ˈtü-tᵊl How to pronounce tootle (audio)
tootled; tootling ˈtüt-liŋ How to pronounce tootle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to toot gently, repeatedly, or continuously
: to drive or move along in a leisurely manner

transitive verb

: to toot continuously on
tootled his flute
tootle noun
ˈtüt-lər How to pronounce tootle (audio)

Example Sentences

We tootled along the highway. He tootled on the flute.
Recent Examples on the Web Well into her 90s, Ms. Hoffman was known to tootle around in a pink Cadillac driven by a fellow nonagenarian. Alex Traub,, 6 Aug. 2020 Vector’s main activity is tootling around on a table and investigating its surroundings. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, 8 Aug. 2018

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Word History


frequentative of toot entry 1

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tootle was in 1820

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Cite this Entry

“Tootle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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