One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Brashly or boisterously enthusiastic.‘their rootin'-tootin' summer adventures’
- ‘This rootin'-tootin' Texan seems like a regular Joe.’
- ‘This time, they have real rootin'-tootin' experts saying so on the record.’
Late 19th century: reduplication of rooting in the sense ‘inquisitive’, an early dialect sense of the compound.
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