verb (used without object), too·tled, too·tling.

to toot gently or repeatedly on a flute or the like.
to move or proceed in a leisurely way.


the sound made by tooting on a flute or the like.

Origin of tootle

First recorded in 1810–20; toot1 + -le
Related formstoo·tler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tootle

Historical Examples of tootle

  • Naturally I got to make 'em talk and tootle a bit to show 'em orf.

    The War in the Air

    Herbert George Wells

  • "Music, if there's any one to tootle for the ladies," said Roger.

  • "You know I can't get up a bit of tootle about this business," he said.

  • Mrs. Tootle, the flute, is of a romantic turn of mind, doting on moonlight and warbling birds and babbling brooks.


    Lawton Mackall

  • When a passenger of the foot hove in sight, tootle the horn trumpet to him melodiously at first.

British Dictionary definitions for tootle




to toot or hoot softly or repeatedlythe flute tootled quietly


a soft hoot or series of hoots
Derived Formstootler, noun

Word Origin for tootle

C19: from toot 1




(intr) to go, esp by car


a drive, esp a short pleasure trip

Word Origin for tootle

C19: from tootle 1, imitative of the horn of a car
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Word Origin and History for tootle

1820, frequentative of toot.

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