from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To sound a horn or whistle in short blasts.
  • intransitive v. To make the sound of a horn or whistle blown in short blasts or a sound resembling it.
  • intransitive v. Slang To snort cocaine.
  • transitive v. To blow or sound (a horn or whistle).
  • transitive v. To sound (a blast, for example) on a horn or whistle.
  • transitive v. Slang To snort (cocaine).
  • n. A blast, as of a horn.
  • n. Slang A drinking binge.
  • n. Slang Cocaine, especially a small amount snorted at one time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The noise of a horn or whistle.
  • n. A fart; a flatus.
  • n. Cocaine.
  • n. A spree of drunkness.
  • v. To stand out, or be prominent.
  • v. To peep; to look narrowly.
  • v. To see; to spy.
  • v. To flatulate.
  • v. To make the sound of a horn or whistle.
  • v. To cause a horn or whistle to make its sound.
  • v. To go on a drinking binge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To stand out, or be prominent.
  • intransitive v. To peep; to look narrowly.
  • intransitive v. To blow or sound a horn; to make similar noise by contact of the tongue with the root of the upper teeth at the beginning and end of the sound; also, to give forth such a sound, as a horn when blown.
  • transitive v. To see; to spy.
  • transitive v. To cause to sound, as a horn, the note being modified at the beginning and end as if by pronouncing the letter t; to blow; to sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To project; stand, stick, or bulge out.
  • To shoot up, as plants.
  • To become visible; peep out; show.
  • To glance; peer; look; gaze; pore.
  • Hence, to look or search narrowly; pry inquisitively.
  • To try; endeavor.
  • To see; behold; observe.
  • To blow a horn, a whistle, or other windinstrument; especially, to produce harsh or discordant sounds with a horn, cornet, trumpet, whistle, or the like.
  • To give out sound, as a wind-instrument when blown: usually a word of disparagement.
  • To make sounds like those of a horn or a steam-whistle; trumpet.
  • Specifically, to call: said of some grouse.
  • To whine; cry.
  • To sound on a horn, trumpet, pipe, or the like.
  • To blow, as an instrument of sound.
  • n. A sound made by blowing on a wind-instrument; a note as of a horn; a blast.
  • n. A blow-out; a spree: as, to go on a toot.
  • n. A lazy, worthless person.
  • n. The devil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a loud noise
  • n. revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
  • n. a blast of a horn


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Ultimately of imitative origin.


  • At the time of the phone call to Brown-Waite, Pidrman said he was on a "toot" -- or drinking binge, which was caused by the stress of having a house guest at the time.

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  • That word toot reminds me of a little ditty we used to sing as children:

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  • If you don't remember the location of your car, just "toot" the horn a couple of times using the lock button on the key fob.

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  • I just love that you used the somewhat antiquated "toot" rather than the proverbial "fart."

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  • It's said that adding a little epazote to a pot of beans while it's cooking lessens the "toot" effect, but I'm not convinced. despite that, the epazote lends a nice flavor.

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  • Denny was making soup greens. He walked along the bins, taking a wrinkled carrot, an outside stalk leaf of celery, pinched with wilt at the top, a tomato with a soft spot and a sprig of parsley. He put these in a twist of paper called a toot. When he had enough toots filled, he wrote a sign on a paper bag: Sale on Soup Greens. Only 5¢.
    Betty Smith, Maggie-Now (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958), p. 381 (The setting is Brooklyn, a few years after World War I.)

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