Part of speech: verb
Origin: English, early 19th century
To toot gently, repeatedly, or continuously on an instrument
To leisurely travel
Examples of Tootle in a sentence
"He tootled a tune on his flute."
"We tootle along on Sundays in our car, enjoying the flowers and taking in the sunshine."
Popularity Over Time
A children's book called Tootle, about a young train learning his way on the tracks, might not seem like a major hit. But by the late 2000s, it was one of the best-selling children's books in history.
Did you Know?
Tootle and its cousin, toot, are likely what are known as imitative words — those whose origins come from an attempt to imitate the sound they describe. In English, we often refer to this concept as onomatopoeia.