Definition of tootle in US English:

tootle

verb

[no object]
  • 1Casually make a series of sounds on a horn, trumpet, or similar instrument.

    ‘he tootled on the horn’
    • ‘Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigour.’
    • ‘That's a rare tune for the French to be tootling.’
    • ‘The BMW stops dead, and the driver starts tootling with vigour.’
    • ‘As the mounted, scarlet coated protest leader tootled on his horn, the adviser looked up, lit a cigarette and ambled away, entirely unconcerned.’
    • ‘Senators danced to castanets; the bishop tootled the flute.’
    stroll, saunter, amble, wander, roam, ramble, rove, drift, maunder, stray, straggle
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  • 2informal Go or travel in a leisurely way.

    ‘they were tootling along the coast’
    • ‘Sounds particularly great in the car, when tootling round the Peak District on a moody afternoon.’
    • ‘There you are, two days before the British Grand Prix, minding your own business tootling down the M40 southbound towards Oxford, when suddenly there's a blue flashing light in your rearview mirror.’
    • ‘So today I had errands to run; both oldest daughters wanted help with some groceries and our fridge was looking a bit empty anyway, so M and I tootled off to Sainsbury's to get food.’
    • ‘So, I got home Thursday evening from Atlanta and tootled off to work yesterday morning like a good girl.’
    • ‘Others tootled about Oodnadatta, surprised to see sparrows again, visiting the Pioneer Graveyard, and browsing in the railway building's museum.’
    • ‘The Northern Professor and his Godpapa have tootled off down the drive for several days adventure in the north of England.’
    • ‘The lightweight blokart is a micro landsailer, ideal for racing up the beach or for gently tootling along in a light breeze with children.’
    • ‘So now we have our daily pants choosing ritual in which the Munchkin sticks his head under his dad's dressing gown to see what colour pants he has chosen before tootling off to his own room to choose a matching pair.’
    • ‘That means he'll be spending more time on the hoof, moving quietly through employees' offices, with even less opportunity to indulge his one passion: the 1936 soft-top Bentley in which he tootles round the Dales on days off.’
    • ‘They all went whizzing by us as we tootled along at forty miles per hour.’
    • ‘Just tootling along, getting stuff done, and enjoying.’
    • ‘Anyway, we tootled along tonight to see Chelsea play Leeds United.’
    • ‘Goodness knows how many times I've turned the key, waited for the plugs to warm up, started the engine and tootled off merrily without a moment's problem or hesitation.’
    • ‘So off I tootled to the garage with the petrol can, grabbed four litres of unleaded and got back home to find Mr Chippy all cleaned and gleaming, waiting for work.’
    • ‘Our fail-safe plan of copying the best things that anyone else was doing was actually failing, after most of the people we knew had tootled off to England.’
    • ‘So I tootled over to Minehead, parked, and strolled down to W.H.Smith's, intent on buying a Guardian newspaper.’
    • ‘He tootles around the island in a black, chauffeur-driven London taxi.’
    • ‘After the display we tootled up the hill to a wacky housing association place called The Quadrangle which was having a bonfire party.’
    • ‘People tootle around the streets in rental golf carts, or walk: there's plenty of time to stroll when everyone else is on foot, too.’
    • ‘Anyway, I heard this rather loud ‘crack’ sound coming from the main bedroom, so off I tootled to see what had happened.’
    wander, rove, ramble, meander, drift, maunder
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noun

  • 1An act or sound of casual playing on an instrument such as a horn or trumpet.

    • ‘Today, the upbeats will become more downbeat as the trumpet tootles peter out and the sax puts a lid on the headlong rush of demisemiquavers for another year.’
    • ‘The EU's brave mission to improve its transparency continues to be seen as nothing more than another tootle of this tired old trumpet.’
    • ‘And so the Edinburgh Fringe begins, more with a tootle than a fanfare, as the week zero shows kick off (week zero being the pre-week before the first week - as if three weeks wasn't enough time to fit in all the shows).’
    • ‘So something ‘Irish’ - a quick-tempered but romantic drunkard, or a wistful tootle of the uillean pipes - is not necessarily put there to say something about Ireland, but to say something about America.’
  • 2informal A leisurely journey.

    trip, excursion, jaunt, expedition, pleasure trip, day trip, day out, tour, mystery tour, airing, drive, ride, run, turn, cruise, sally
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Origin

Early 19th century: frequentative of toot.

Pronunciation

tootle

/ˈtudl//ˈto͞odl/