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

Definition of tootle

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to toot continuously on tootled his flute

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Other Words from tootle

tootle noun
tootler \ ˈtüt-​lər How to pronounce tootler (audio) , ˈtü-​tᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of tootle in a Sentence

We tootled along the highway. He tootled on the flute.

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Vector’s main activity is tootling around on a table and investigating its surroundings. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The new Anki Vector robot is smart enough to just hang out," 8 Aug. 2018 So were Baron and Barron – alter-egos used by the mogul to tootle his own horn in the third person. Monica Hesse, sacbee, "Did a 9-year-old called ‘Pickle’ really write to Trump? Yep – and he’s from Stockton.," 28 July 2017 Titles such as The Poky Little Puppy (the series' shining star), Tootle the Train, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Shy Little Kitten, The Little Red Caboose and more littered the homes of families everywhere throughout the 50's and into the 60's. Caroline Alkire, Good Housekeeping, ""The Poky Little Puppy" and Fellow Little Golden Books Are Turning 75," 27 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of tootle

1820, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for tootle

frequentative of toot entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tootle

British, informal
: to drive or move slowly
: to play a series of notes on a flute, horn, etc., by blowing into it

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