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
Comforting to know that I'm not the only one to find this tough, although it's dispiriting to know that some bright bunny will tootle along saying;
Until then the new carriers can tootle around carrying helicopters, but as instruments of power projection they will be about as much use as a chocolate fire-guard.
I'd tootle a trumpet, but showing off isn't Radioplayer's point, it being one of those online services that's so user-friendly it's as though it's always been there.
When driving, do you flash your high beams and tootle your horn before overtaking?
For fresh air, I may tootle along to an Apple Store, where I'll feel verily honoured if I'm in a shorter queue to give them my money more quickly for a machine that will sync up with all the applications mentioned above.
So off I would tootle to write a bit of colour at the Open Championship.
It even inspired Eva to take out her tin whistle and tootle for a while.
There was no way she could do more than tootle on it.
The one you posted is almost like some of those Chinese translations "blow horn loudly" becomes "tootle with vigor", for example you see in Reader's Digest or something.
Abney Park at Hell's Kitchen in Tacoma gaaneden came over to my place around 4: 30, so that she didn't need to tootle over from Renton during rush hour traffic.