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tootle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tootle play (a musical instrument) casually "the saxophone player was tootling a sad melody"
    • n tootle the sound of casual playing on a musical instrument "he enjoyed hearing the tootles of their horns as the musicians warmed up"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Tootle To toot gently, repeatedly, or continuously, on a wind instrument, as a flute; also, to make a similar noise by any means. "The tootling robin."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tootle To toot gently or repeatedly; especially, to produce a succession of weak modulated sounds upon a flute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Tootle tōōt′l to make a series of feeble sounds, as a poor player on the flute.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of toot,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Freq. of toot.

Usage

In literature:

There's Tootles, dear Tootles, to think of.
"The Husbands of Edith" by George Barr McCutcheon
She was awakened from them by the trampling of hoofs and the cheerful tootling of a horn.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
How well I knew its gay, conceited tootle!
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The band went on screaming, banging, tootling, and whistling harder than ever.
"Black, White and Gray" by Amy Walton
Back of them the rest of the party shouted and tootled and yodeled as cheerfully as ever.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
The first to pass is Tootles, not the least brave but the most unfortunate of all that gallant band.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
Gone; the yapping and barking, the bugle-tootling fade away in the distance; and the trees and wind converse once more.
"Laurus Nobilis" by Vernon Lee
Down would get guard and tootle-tootle impatiently.
"The King's Post" by R. C. Tombs
Why, there they begin, tootle-te-too.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
There was the same old trumpeting and tootling, tom-tomming, and roaring of showmen's voices.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
On the roof of a low shed a military band was tootling merrily.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
And from that hour, the tootling of the flageolet cheered our way.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Vilt you haf Yankee Tootle?
"The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin, Volume 1." by James Fenimore Cooper
The driver tootled his horn, but it had the opposite effect intended.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
I wish to goodness I had taken up the flute; I would tootle all the evening for his amusement.
"The Daughters of a Genius" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Vilt you haf Yankee Tootle?
"The Chainbearer" by J. Fenimore Cooper
But the tootling of an up-coming steamer forced me to business.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
One 'pal' had a 'yard of tin' (or coaching horn), on which he tootled melodiously.
"The Bath Road" by Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
Instantly, Tootles seized his bow and arrow, and shot at the bird, as he thought, and she fell fainting to the ground.
"The Story of Peter Pan" by Daniel Stephen O'Connor
Why, he's always there of an evening, tootling on the flute and singing.
"This Man's Wife" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

And rollicking TRAL-THE-RAL-LAH
Was eaten by DOODLE-DUM-DEY,
And musical DOH-REH-MI-FAH
By good little TOOTLE-DUM-TEH -
Exemplary TOOTLE-TUM-TEH!
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
There was haughty PISH-TUSH-POOH-BAH,
There was lumbering DOODLE-DUM-DEY,
Despairing ALACK-A-DEY-AH,
And good little TOOTLE-TUM-TEH -
Exemplary TOOTLE-TUM-TEH.
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But jocular WAGGETY-WEH
Ogled DOODLE-DUM-DEY (which was wrong),
And neat little TITTY-FOL-LEH
Said, "TOOTLE-TUM, you go along!
You naughty old dear, go along!"
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"ALACK-A-DEY, famished I feel;
Oh, good little TOOTLE-TUM-TEH,
Where on earth shall I look for a meal?
For I haven't no dinner to-day! -
Not a morsel of dinner to-day!
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Dear TOOTLE-TUM, what shall we do?
Come, get us a meal, or, in truth,
If you don't, we shall have to eat you,
Oh, adorable friend of our youth!
Thou beloved little friend of our youth!"
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Even blundering DOODLE-DUM-DEY
Was insensible quite to their leers,
And said good little TOOTLE-TUM-TEH,
"It's your blood we desire, pretty dears -
We have come for our dinners, my dears!"
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

MERIDIAN — Yes, as you read my column on Friday morning, I am tootling along in Greenville .
This weekend I spent three relaxing days of hiking, shopping, "tootling around town", and eating yummy cuisine, all while soaking in the gorgeous scenery of the North Carolina mountains.
Tootling on a cornet in his living room in Ridgewood, N.J.
(Bellville, GA) "The railroad came here in March of 1890, this town grew up as a result of the railroad being here," says Derwood Tootle.
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