toots

[too ts]

noun Slang.

an affectionate or familiar term of address; honey; baby (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).

Origin of toots

First recorded in 1940–45; toot(sie)1 + -s4

toot

1
[toot]

verb (used without object)

(of a horn or whistle) to give forth its characteristic sound.
to make a sound resembling that of a horn, whistle, or the like.
to sound or blow a horn, whistle, or wind instrument.

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.

noun

an act or sound of tooting.
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.

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.

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.

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 toots

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

Examples from the Web for toots

Historical Examples of toots

  • Faint shouts rose in the zero night, toots and sharp whistles.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • "It's of no consequence," I stammered, making a Toots of myself.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man

    Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

  • There was a flash of red, a cloud of dust, three other toots of agony, and the thing was gone.

  • Toots could ride some of them that would allow nobody else to mount them.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish

  • Toots begged to ride a race, but he was a little shaver, and uncle was afraid.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish


British Dictionary definitions for toots

toots

tootsy

noun plural tootses or tootsies

informal, mainly US darling; sweetheart

Word Origin for toots

C20: perhaps related to earlier dialect toot worthless person, of obscure origin

toot

1

verb

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

noun

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

toot

2

noun

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

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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