Meaning of pootle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpuːt(ə)l/


informal British no object, with adverbial of direction
  • Move or travel in a leisurely manner.

    • ‘they were pootling down a canal in their new boat’
    • ‘Then, while pootling along at about 12 mph at the top of Madingley Rise, I got passed by a bloke I recognised from the office (don't know his name).’
    • ‘I'm not ready for a test, I still should be pootling on quiet roads at 3mph.’
    • ‘The drive was superb, tight, controllable, plenty of power but docile as a kitten after a big meal when simply pootling along.’
    • ‘My speed is considerably less than his, so he was pootling along at my side, not getting the degree of exercise he's used to.’
    • ‘There I was pootling along with some light Autumnal drizzle lightly dampening my wipers.’
    • ‘Of course people used their cars, but only for pootling up to surprise views in national parks.’
    • ‘If you are dressed, and pootling about, and go to answer the door, he will be gone.’
    • ‘So, David and I pootled off through Regents Park among the flowers and the freshly mown lawns towards the city, talking as we went and avoiding the footballs that came at us from every direction.’
    • ‘Friday I got up late (it'd been a late one the night before) and Paul and I pootled off to the Tate Britain down in Pimlico.’
    • ‘Needing to make Kalamata for 10 am, Nick roared off, well, more like pootled off, on an overnight long haul.’
    • ‘Yet even in its full time professional days it must have been a line along which trains pootled rather than sped.’
    • ‘Something also needs to be done about the (mainly elderly) car drivers who think it's fine to pootle along at 35 mph in a 60 mph-limit on a clear, dry day and in perfect visibility.’
    • ‘There is some good news though, because at present, with tax on fuel, people who drive large, thirsty cars pay more at the pumps than those who pootle around in small fuel efficient hatchbacks.’
    • ‘I like bus journeys (well, at least the ones where you know where you're going) as it gives me the opportunity to let my mind drift and to look at all the scenery as I pootle along.’
    • ‘The first point there isn't against people who use cyclepaths, by the way - whatever works for you, and they're great if you're having a pootle or have kids with you.’
    • ‘One outcome might be good for me, the other will largely see things pootle along as before, and anything else will just see the place plunged into even more uncertainty than it has to deal with now.’
    • ‘Having looked at the calendar, it's actually one of my few free weekends between now and July, so I may just pootle off somewhere with the camera - you never know.’
    • ‘And there's some very nice villages around that part of the countryside to pootle through on the way back, anyway.’
    • ‘I realised Ruby and I could pootle about doing nothing in particular.’
    • ‘Meantime, I pootle about, jot notes and forget them straight away, play with the camera, and watch the rain.’
    stroll, saunter, amble, wend one's way, trudge, plod, hike, tramp, trek, march, stride, troop, patrol, step out, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, footslog, promenade, roam, traipse


1970s blend of the verbs poodle and tootle.