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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Definitions for toodle-oo

  1. Informal. goodbye; so long.

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Citations for toodle-oo
All right. Well, toodle-oo. I'm off to find Stinker. P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters, 1938
Have you charted that journey, or is the best you can say, "Toodle-oo! We don't know where we are going, but we're on our way!" , "Hiking with Green Bar Bill," Boys' Life, January 1946
Origin of toodle-oo
The origin of toodle-oo is unclear. It may be from toodle, a variant of tootle, which means "to walk unsteadily, like a toddler." It may also be from tootle, which means “to toot gently (on a flute); to move slowly or leisurely.” Finally, the word may be imitative of the toot of an (early) automobile horn or klaxon. None of the three possibilities satisfactorily accounts for the -oo element. The word appeared in English in the early 1900s.