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[tood-l-oo] /ˌtud lˈu/
interjection, Informal.
goodbye; so long.
Origin of toodle-oo
1905-10; perhaps toodle (variant of dial. tootle to toddle) + -oo interjection Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for toodle-oo
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  • However, toodle-oo—sailor, beware, and all that sort of thing!

    The Orchard Secret

    Cleo Garis
British Dictionary definitions for toodle-oo


sentence substitute
(Brit, informal, rare) goodbye
Word Origin
C20: perhaps imitative of the horn of a car
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Word Origin and History for toodle-oo

colloquial "good-bye" word, 1907, of unknown origin; variant tooraloo is recorded from c.1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for toodle-oo



A parting salutation •Thought of as a humorous affectation, like ''cheerio''

[1907+; perhaps an alteration of French a` tout a` l'heure, ''see you soon, so long'']

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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