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[choo-choo] /ˈtʃuˌtʃu/ Baby Talk.
a train.
the sound of a steam locomotive.
verb (used without object), choo-chooed, choo-chooing.
to make a sound like that made by a steam locomotive.
to travel by train.
Origin of choo-choo
First recorded in 1900-05; imitative Unabridged
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  • It was evident that this was a sort of signal or watchword among the members of the Order of choo-choo.

  • At what station do I climb onto the choo-choo cars, or at what water-tank do I get thrown off?

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • The choo-choo cars are getting ready to choo-choo right along to the next station.

  • There was a little cabin in it, and seats out on deck, and a little engine that went "choo-choo!"

    Uncle Wiggily's Adventures Howard R. Garis
  • Of course its going to be a little hard gittin over the New Mexico mountain range, but I guess the choo-choo wagon will do it.

    The Motor Boys Overland Clarence Young
  • It says its to be delivered to a man with three boys an a choo-choo wagon, an that description fits you.

  • But Ozoneville was recommended to give tone to choo-choo's nerves.

  • Another interesting point: The engine does not say choo-choo as in our country—it says Tut-tut.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • Just git out of that choo-choo wagon an hand over what spare change you have.

    The Motor Boys Overland Clarence Young
  • Now what I want to know is, can you boys go there, or near there, in your choo-choo cart?

    The Motor Boys Overland Clarence Young
British Dictionary definitions for choo-choo


(Brit) a child's name for a railway train
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for choo-choo

Child's name for "steam-engine locomotive," 1895, echoic (choo-choo cars is attested from 1891).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pull a train

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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