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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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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“Tootle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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