toot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v toot make a loud noise "The horns of the taxis blared"
    • n toot revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
    • n toot a blast of a horn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lassie, the TV collie, first appeared in a 1930s short novel titled Lassie Come-Home written by Eric Mowbray Knight. The dog in the novel was based on Knight's real life collie, Toots.
    • v. i Toot 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. "A tooting horn.""Tooting horns and rattling teams of mail coaches."
    • v. t Toot 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.
    • Toot To peep; to look narrowly. "For birds in bushes tooting ."
    • v. t Toot To see; to spy.
    • Toot To stand out, or be prominent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • toot To project; stand, stick, or bulge out.
    • toot To shoot up, as plants.
    • toot To become visible; peep out; show.
    • toot To glance; peer; look; gaze; pore.
    • toot Hence, to look or search narrowly; pry inquisitively.
    • toot To try; endeavor.
    • toot To see; behold; observe.
    • toot 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.
    • toot To give out sound, as a wind-instrument when blown: usually a word of disparagement.
    • toot To make sounds like those of a horn or a steam-whistle; trumpet.
    • toot Specifically, to call: said of some grouse.
    • toot To whine; cry.
    • toot To sound on a horn, trumpet, pipe, or the like.
    • toot To blow, as an instrument of sound.
    • n toot A sound made by blowing on a wind-instrument; a note as of a horn; a blast.
    • n toot A blow-out; a spree: as, to go on a toot.
    • n toot A lazy, worthless person.
    • n toot The devil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Toot tōōt to pry or peep about:
    • v.i Toot tōōt to make short unmusical sounds on a flute or horn
    • v.t Toot to blow, as a horn, &c
    • n Toot a sound, as of a horn, a blast:
    • n Toot tōōt (slang) an idle worthless creature: the devil.
    • v.i Toot tōōt (obs.) to be prominent
    • n Toot (U.S.) a spree
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Idioms

Toot you own horn - If someone toot their own horn, they like to boast about their achievements.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. toeten, to blow a horn, G. tuten, Sw. tuta, Dan. tude,; probably of imitative origin

Usage

In literature:

Toot the whistle, for shortly we shall weigh anchor.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
I don't want to toot my horn none, but I've wrangled around some.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
Toots is great because he is foolish.
"Gilbert Keith Chesterton" by Patrick Braybrooke
Mr. Simon Softleigh had spent most of his life between Tooting Bec and Fenchurch Street.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
For awhile the toot, toot, toot of the trumpet could be heard from down the street.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
A bell rang, a whistle tooted, and Patsy's feet clattered like mad down the platform.
"Seven Miles to Arden" by Ruth Sawyer
So what if Dalton goes aboard the freighter, and her captain sends us a derisive toot of his whistle?
"The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless" by H. Irving Hancock
Quick, Be, Sigo toot, ressi toot kair abba.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
We heard the tooting of a horn.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
Fina's father and Ella's father have left Tooting now.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
Jerry tooted the horn and shot across the avenue to him as the light turned green.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Hoot-toot, hoot-toot, silly old man that I am.
"Great Uncle Hoot-Toot" by Mrs. Molesworth
Hanson only goes on the toot once in a long while.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Ten minutes later, with a shrill toot, the tender backed away and headed out across the harbour.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
Straining his ears, he thought he caught a faint toot ahead of him and to starboard.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
Faint shouts rose in the zero night, toots and sharp whistles.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
All right, son, toot your horn.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Then, with a toot of the horn, he started off.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
So here goes for that bird tooting around up there.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
He twisted the pinkum-pankum, tooted the horn, cranked the front part and turned on the gasoline.
"Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

"HE plays the airy flute,
And looks depressed and blighted,
Doves round about him 'toot,'
And lambkins dance delighted.
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O bless'd South wind that toots his horn
Through every hole and crack!
I'm off at eight to-morrow morn,
To bring such fishes back!
"The South Wind: A Fisherman's Blessing" by Charles Kingsley
And old Dan Tucker on a toot,
Or John Paul Jones before the breeze,
Or Indians eating fat fried dog,
Were not as happy babes as these.
"When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich" by Vachel Lindsay
So when they had reached a pub safely
And a nice fire was warming their feet
The king asked 'Hast got any lampreys?
Then bring us two surfeits, toot sweet.'
"King John" by Stanley Holloway
That caught and stuck on the horns of the moon,
And he hung up there till next day noon--
When all at once he exclaimed, "Hoot-toot!"
And then came down in his parachute.
"A Session With Uncle Sidney" by James Whitcomb Riley
But scarce was each to his slumber laid,
When the country folks came to serenade;
With twang of fiddle, and toot of horn,
And shriek of fife, they stayed till morn!
Poor Campers! never a wink got they!
So they started for home at break of day.
"Camping Out" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Toot Toot in the morning.
Toot 'n Totum and Local Media Help the Fire Victims.
Courtesy Of Toot N Totum.
Fairfax's ' Tuba Guy' keeps marching, and tooting.
KING — Mr Everette "Toots" Turpin , 88, of King, passed away Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson.
Toots & The Maytails 70th Birthday Celebration at The Capitol Theater.
Div III Brunswick District semifinal Northwestern toots horn all the way to the finals.
Toots & the Maytals Bring Anders Osborne Along for Acoustic Performance at Fort Lewis College.
Gladys "Toots" Malarkey had only one wish for her 107th birthday — a dance with her friend, Michael.
SCCC's new music building worth tooting your horn over (with video).
Garner, NC 27529 Toot-N-Tell Family Restaurant 903 W Garner Rd, Garner, North Carolina 27529.
She was born in Amsbry, daughter of the late Wilbert E "Kid" and Hilda M "Toot" (Kimmel) Long.
Sending a Message by Tooting Their Horns.
At Toots, an emotional "Wind Beneath My Wings" is just as cool as belting out the Ramones.
Clinton toots his horn .
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In science:

In this case a "jitters" between the video source clock and the frame grabber clock causes a "tooting" of vertical edges .
Acquisition Accuracy Evaluation in Visual Inspection Systems - a Practical Approach
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