Definition of toot in English:



  • 1A short, sharp sound made by a horn, trumpet, or similar instrument.

    ‘an accidental toot from the saxophonist’
    ‘the blue van's familiar toots’
    • ‘And then, a friendly toot sounded on our drive-way.’
    • ‘She's clearly a hit with drivers as well, with a series of cars giving a cheery toot of the horn as they pass, while others stop to put some money in her collecting tin.’
    • ‘Those mini-cab drivers who summon their fares with prolonged toots of the horn at all hours of the day should be required to substitute appropriate phrases in core curriculum languages: ‘Andiamo!’’
    • ‘As I drew level, I gave a friendly toot on the horn.’
    • ‘He'd just climbed out of the shower when he heard the toot of a car horn.’
    • ‘As the lion and I depart the chamber I hear a tuneless toot of the whistle and the magical whoosh of the cloud of numbers.’
    • ‘Steam engines give a warning blast as they move off or sound a warning toot from their whistles as they thunder through stations.’
    • ‘When the errant screeches of violins and the half-hearted toots of one determined flutist died down, he cleared his throat.’
    • ‘The whirr of the compressor was the only sound heard other than a brief toot on the horn to warn an errant pedestrian or overzealous cabbie, trying not to put a dent in GM's million-dollar baby.’
    • ‘His smile was contagious, his wave was heartfelt and the toot of his horn was one of a kind.’
    • ‘Drivers rediscovered their horns, using them in short toots as a preventive measure to warn the occasional careless pedestrian.’
    • ‘One day, the toot of a trumpet could bring it tumbling down.’
    • ‘Finally, with a toot of its horn, the car reached them.’
    • ‘This heaven, however, does not and cannot last: the soft toot of a car horn cues the return of ambient sound, and ushers in the somewhat jealous and tormented dialogue that ensues between this couple.’
    • ‘Serena walks back to the car and drives away with a toot of the horn.’
    • ‘He pressed a few buttons, bleeps and toots sounding in the room along with the soft whirr of the air conditioner.’
    • ‘Perhaps if every motorist gave a sharp toot of the horn at every bump, this might encourage a movement from the over-indulged Burley residents to get the road straightened out again, to the benefit of the damaged majority.’
    • ‘On hearing a toot from the regimental trumpeter, they sank their teeth into the rear ends of the men in front.’
    • ‘Douglas in particular had a penchant for extending the limits of his instrument, using toots, whistles and breathing noises in some of his improvisational work.’
    • ‘The school bus behind Anthony gave a long toot on it's horn.’
    blast, blare, sound, beep, meep, honk, toot
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  • 2informal A snort of a drug, especially cocaine.

    ‘he still likes a toot’
    • ‘Frankly, what's the point in being super-rich if you can't just have a toot and a twang in the garden?’
    • ‘We decline the chief's offer of a toot on his opium pipe - I'm not sure if I need things to be any stranger than they already are - and head back to camp.’
    • ‘Then I moved to Blackburn five years ago into the high rise at Larkhill, and started working with a lad from Blackburn and one day caught him having a toot in his car and ending up having a toot with him.’
    • ‘Besides the fact that I know of at least one current national tabloid editor (and many Canary Wharf executives) who has enjoyed a toot in my presence, it's the point that his readers are doing it that is bothering me.’
    • ‘He looked up at me, eyes dilated further (which I thought would be impossible), ‘Would you like a toot?’’
    1. 2.1mass noun Cocaine.
      ‘you won't have me to supply you with free toot’
  • 3North American informal A spell of drinking and lively enjoyment; a spree.

    ‘a sales manager on a toot’
    • ‘Traditionally run by women and without licences, today's shebeens and taverns are a profitable option based on humanity's fondness for the occasional toot.’
    drinking bout, debauch
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  • 1Sound (a horn or similar) with a short, sharp sound.

    ‘an impatient motorist tooted a horn’
    • ‘I went to the mass picket and heard comments like, ‘This is good-loads of people including taxi drivers tooted their horns in support as they went past.’’
    • ‘While they were in Whitehall numerous motorists tooted their car horns in support, reminding those who took part of last year's protest march in Devizes in which 500 people participated.’
    • ‘The atmosphere on the march was fantastic, as young women, waving homemade placards and banners and blowing whistles, encouraged motorists to toot their horns to show their support.’
    • ‘They can't wait to get back to the ship, which is serenaded out of the bay by dozens of parked cars tooting their horns.’
    • ‘Yvonne told Socialist Worker, ‘We have been out on the battle bus all day, and people have been tooting their horns and waving.’’
    • ‘The bus driver tooted his horn, but the van didn't get out of the way in time and in order to avoid a collision the bus driver had no real option but to brake and turn to the left.’
    • ‘Nearly every other motorist passing the site has showed their encouragement by tooting their horns and some have even stopped off to donate food as well as firewood for the brazier.’
    • ‘Motorists were patient as the procession slowly threaded its way through the town, and many drivers tooted their horns in support.’
    • ‘There was also a cue forming behind the idiot driver and this spilled out onto the nearby junction, which made the drivers toot their horns.’
    • ‘Crackers went off and passing drivers tooted horns and waved flags as they weaved through the crowd.’
    • ‘While brass bands welcomed the Hawks on to the ground, train drivers guiding their red rattlers past the railway wing would toot their horns in accompaniment.’
    • ‘After tooting her horn twice, Abby pulled up alongside him.’
    • ‘On the picket line there was the deafening sound of car horns tooting support, and strikers cheering, singing and chanting.’
    • ‘Few spectators, however, will be tooting horns after each goal.’
    • ‘Passing drivers tooted their horns in support of the 200-strong protest, while some passers-by looked puzzled.’
    • ‘It's Eid, and outside kids are racing their cars up and down the street, blaring loud music and tooting their horns.’
    • ‘Someone tooted the horn at the driver of the car but it didn't stop.’
    • ‘The driver tooted his horn and zipped off in the direction of Baggage Claim.’
    • ‘Occasionally, a train driver would add to the cacophony by tooting his horn.’
    • ‘Trevor said there had been brilliant support with people tooting car horns and bringing food and money.’
    operate, set off
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    1. 1.1no object Make a toot.
      ‘a car tooted at us’
      • ‘Lumbering estate cars honked, gleaming BMWs tooted and a black cab gave a prolonged blast.’
      • ‘On another similar occasion they rode their bikes, all seven of them, into the Big Yard of St Mary's College hooting and tooting, waving their blue and blue ensignias, raising hell, so to speak, until they were chased out.’
      • ‘Coming across the name Sitarissimo among my press releases, I immediately envisioned droning sitar accompanied by a foppish dandy in a powdered wig and ruffle-cuffs, tooting on a piccolo.’
      • ‘We have had lots of cars tooting to show their support, and a lot of people have told us they are not here for the zoo, they are only here for the theme park.’
      • ‘If I do something silly and am found out, tooted at, or even before any reaction from a nearby driver, I raise a hand in apology and smile when the other person can see me.’
      • ‘I was tooted at in Chingford high street by a fellow PX fella, such camaraderie among Vespa riders. 300 miles on the clock now and 300 to go.’
      • ‘They have always been polite and would toot and give a wave.’
      • ‘Manchester city council says it will investigate every beep - and says the police could be called in the last resort because it's illegal to toot unless it's an emergency.’
      • ‘Perhaps, in the absence of police, mere pedestrians, unable to toot in disapproval, should signify anger by raising one or more fingers to these motorised plonkers.’
      • ‘An angry driver tooted at us infernally from behind.’
      • ‘It squawked and tooted at him, every light flashing.’
      • ‘Just to be ornery, Mike tooted again and the old man shook a fist.’
      • ‘My crush and I were at the movies when someone behind us tooted.’
      • ‘There are those who toot and those who are tooted at.’
      • ‘How many passing cars merrily toot or produce a mood-spoiling cheeky wave or a mischievous headlight flash?’
      • ‘Every fifteen minutes a train made its appearance, tooting and clacking, regular as clockwork.’
      • ‘Are you really going to win an argument with an officer who has already cut you off, then pulled you over and whipped out a ticket book because you had tooted at him?’
      • ‘The orchestra tooted softly below building up its strength; there was already a certain melody to it already, full of anticipation.’
      • ‘He posed for the photographers, grasped a shovel: and then the Rocket was away, tooting defiantly on its whistle as it headed into the cavernous hangar of the Great Hall.’
      • ‘My grandfather used to tell me, as he tooted at her from his mint condition Allegro, that she had spent the best part of her years waiting at the side of the road for her long-lost sweetheart to return.’
  • 2informal Snort (cocaine)

    ‘the drawbacks of tooting cocaine’
    • ‘Women were spending too much time lounging around on cushions tooting away on pipes in the company of men.’
    • ‘Pick up a newspaper and it's all rappers and rude boys toting guns and tooting coke.’
    • ‘‘We tooted and tooted,’ says Harry, ‘until the white sugar lump melted into the pale horizon.’’


Early 16th century: probably from Middle Low German tūten, but possibly an independent imitative formation.