verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause (a horn, whistle, or wind instrument) to sound.
to sound (notes, music, etc.) on a horn or the like.


an act or sound of tooting.
Slang. cocaine.

Origin of toot

1500–10; akin to Low German, German tuten, Dutch toeten, Swedish tuta in same sense; orig. imitative
Related formstoot·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for tooting

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

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British Dictionary definitions for tooting




to give or cause to give (a short blast, hoot, or whistle)to toot a horn; to toot a blast; the train tooted


the sound made by or as if by a horn, whistle, etc
slang any drug for snorting, esp cocaine
US and Canadian slang a drinking spree
(tʊt) Australian slang a lavatory
Derived Formstooter, noun

Word Origin for toot

C16: from Middle Low German tuten, of imitative origin




NZ an informal name for tutu 2
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Word Origin and History for tooting



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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