toot

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[toot]
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of a horn or whistle) to give forth its characteristic sound.
  2. to make a sound resembling that of a horn, whistle, or the like.
  3. to sound or blow a horn, whistle, or wind instrument.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cause (a horn, whistle, or wind instrument) to sound.
  2. to sound (notes, music, etc.) on a horn or the like.
noun
  1. an act or sound of tooting.
  2. Slang. cocaine.

Origin of toot

1
1500–10; akin to Low German, German tuten, Dutch toeten, Swedish tuta in same sense; orig. imitative
Related formstoot·er, noun

toot

2
[toot]
noun Informal.
  1. a period or instance of drunken revelry; binge; spree.

Origin of toot

2
First recorded in 1670–80; origin uncertain

toot

3
[too t]
noun Australian Informal.
  1. lavatory; toilet.

Origin of toot

3
First recorded in 1945–50; perhaps jocular alteration of toilet

toot

4
[too t]
noun Chiefly Pennsylvania German Area.
  1. a paper bag.

Origin of toot

4
< Pennsylvania German dutt; compare German Tüte < Low German tüte something horn-shaped, paper rolled into the shape of a horn (cf. toot1)
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Related Words for toot

honk, blow, proclaim, whistle, shout, spree, trumpet, declare

Examples from the Web for toot

Contemporary Examples of toot

  • “The Maras aren't the kind of people who toot their own horn,” said Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon.

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    The Dragon Tattoo Dynasty

    Rebecca Dana

    August 26, 2010

  • But in real life Harris is shy and humble, reluctant to give away details about his love life or toot his own horn in any way.

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    Tony's Reluctant Host

    Miriam Datskovsky

    June 3, 2009

Historical Examples of toot

  • Far be it from me to toot my horn, Mr. Atkins, or to proclaim my merits from the housetops.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He began to sit up and listen for the Toot of the Dinner Horn.

    Ade's Fables

    George Ade

  • Ahead, behind, to right and left, everything that could toot was busy and vociferous.

  • You might go so far as t' give that bellerin' ironclad a toot.'

  • For awhile the toot, toot, toot of the trumpet could be heard from down the street.

    Nine Little Goslings

    Susan Coolidge


British Dictionary definitions for toot

toot

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verb
  1. to give or cause to give (a short blast, hoot, or whistle)to toot a horn; to toot a blast; the train tooted
noun
  1. the sound made by or as if by a horn, whistle, etc
  2. slang any drug for snorting, esp cocaine
  3. US and Canadian slang a drinking spree
  4. (tʊt) Australian slang a lavatory
Derived Formstooter, noun

Word Origin for toot

C16: from Middle Low German tuten, of imitative origin

toot

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noun
  1. NZ an informal name for tutu 2
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Word Origin and History for toot
v.

c.1500, ultimately imitative, also found in Middle Low German and Low German tuten "blow a horn." Related: Tooted; tooting. The noun is recorded from 1640s. Meaning "cocaine" is attested by 1977. Tooting as a strong affirmative (e.g. you're damned tootin') is attested from 1932, American English. Toots as a slang familiar form of address to a woman or girl is recorded from 1936, American English.

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