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[choo-choo]Baby Talk.
  1. a train.
  2. the sound of a steam locomotive.
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verb (used without object), choo-chooed, choo-choo·ing.
  1. to make a sound like that made by a steam locomotive.
  2. to travel by train.
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Origin of choo-choo

First recorded in 1900–05; imitative
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Historical Examples of choo-choo

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

    Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV.

    Charles L. Graves

  • There dearie, dont you want to go in the choo-choo cars to see Mamma?

  • 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

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

  • It was evident that this was a sort of signal or watchword among the members of the Order of Choo-Choo.

British Dictionary definitions for choo-choo


  1. British a child's name for a railway train
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Word Origin for choo-choo

C20: of imitative origin
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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).

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