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)

Examples of tootle in a Sentence

We tootled along the highway. He tootled on the flute.
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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 23 Jun. 2024.

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