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

  • intransitive v. To toot softly and repeatedly, as on a flute.
  • intransitive v. Informal To walk or drive in a leisurely manner; amble: spent the morning tootling around town.
  • n. The act or sound of tooting softly and repeatedly, as on a flute.
  • tootle off Informal To depart; go.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a soft, toot sound
  • v. To amble aimlessly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To toot gently, repeatedly, or continuously, on a wind instrument, as a flute; also, to make a similar noise by any means.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To toot gently or repeatedly; especially, to produce a succession of weak modulated sounds upon a flute.

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

  • n. the sound of casual playing on a musical instrument
  • v. play (a musical instrument) casually


Frequentative of toot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • JM bemoans the under use of the good word 'tootle'.

    February 1, 2009