• A leisurely journey.
  • An act or sound of casual playing on an instrument such as a horn or trumpet.


  • Go or travel in a leisurely way.
  • Casually make a series of sounds on a horn, trumpet, or similar instrument.

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Example Sentences

“For our honeymoon, we plan to tootle along the California coast and stop at wineries and B&Bs whenever we feel like it.”

“Instead of having a strict itinerary when they travel, they prefer a tootle around the countryside.” 

“I’m not a skilled trumpet player, but I enjoy tootling on the horn with my friends.”

Word Origin

German, early 19th century

Why this word?

“Tootle” can function as both a noun and a verb, and in each form can refer to a meandering type of travel, or a bleating sort of horn playing. The musical form of “tootle” is an onomatopoeia, or a word that is evocative of the sound it makes. As a mode of travel, the word seems apropos for a carefree, leisurely expedition — who wouldn’t want to take a week off of their responsibilities and tootle around?

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