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toot1

[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.
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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.
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noun
  1. an act or sound of tooting.
  2. Slang. cocaine.
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Origin of toot1

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

toot2

[toot]
noun Informal.
  1. a period or instance of drunken revelry; binge; spree.
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Origin of toot2

First recorded in 1670–80; origin uncertain

toot3

[too t]
noun Australian Informal.
  1. lavatory; toilet.
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Origin of toot3

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

toot4

[too t]
noun Chiefly Pennsylvania German Area.
  1. a paper bag.
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Origin of toot4

< 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

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

Examples from the Web for toot

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Historical Examples

  • 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

toot1

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
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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
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Derived Formstooter, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Middle Low German tuten, of imitative origin

toot2

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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