Definition of pootle in English:



  • no object, with adverbial of direction Move or travel in a leisurely manner.

    ‘they were pootling down a canal in their new boat’
    • ‘And there's some very nice villages around that part of the countryside to pootle through on the way back, anyway.’
    • ‘Yet even in its full time professional days it must have been a line along which trains pootled rather than sped.’
    • ‘Friday I got up late (it'd been a late one the night before) and Paul and I pootled off to the Tate Britain down in Pimlico.’
    • ‘So, David and I pootled off through Regents Park among the flowers and the freshly mown lawns towards the city, talking as we went and avoiding the footballs that came at us from every direction.’
    • ‘Meantime, I pootle about, jot notes and forget them straight away, play with the camera, and watch the rain.’
    • ‘Of course people used their cars, but only for pootling up to surprise views in national parks.’
    • ‘Something also needs to be done about the (mainly elderly) car drivers who think it's fine to pootle along at 35 mph in a 60 mph-limit on a clear, dry day and in perfect visibility.’
    • ‘I realised Ruby and I could pootle about doing nothing in particular.’
    • ‘The first point there isn't against people who use cyclepaths, by the way - whatever works for you, and they're great if you're having a pootle or have kids with you.’
    • ‘The drive was superb, tight, controllable, plenty of power but docile as a kitten after a big meal when simply pootling along.’
    • ‘If you are dressed, and pootling about, and go to answer the door, he will be gone.’
    • ‘There I was pootling along with some light Autumnal drizzle lightly dampening my wipers.’
    • ‘Needing to make Kalamata for 10 am, Nick roared off, well, more like pootled off, on an overnight long haul.’
    • ‘My speed is considerably less than his, so he was pootling along at my side, not getting the degree of exercise he's used to.’
    • ‘I'm not ready for a test, I still should be pootling on quiet roads at 3mph.’
    • ‘One outcome might be good for me, the other will largely see things pootle along as before, and anything else will just see the place plunged into even more uncertainty than it has to deal with now.’
    • ‘I like bus journeys (well, at least the ones where you know where you're going) as it gives me the opportunity to let my mind drift and to look at all the scenery as I pootle along.’
    • ‘Having looked at the calendar, it's actually one of my few free weekends between now and July, so I may just pootle off somewhere with the camera - you never know.’
    • ‘Then, while pootling along at about 12 mph at the top of Madingley Rise, I got passed by a bloke I recognised from the office (don't know his name).’
    • ‘There is some good news though, because at present, with tax on fuel, people who drive large, thirsty cars pay more at the pumps than those who pootle around in small fuel efficient hatchbacks.’
    stroll, saunter, amble, wend one's way, trudge, plod, hike, tramp, trek, march, stride, troop, patrol, step out, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, footslog, promenade, roam, traipse
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1970s: blend of the verbs poodle and tootle.