v. toot·ed, toot·ing, toots
1. To sound a horn or whistle in short blasts.
2. To make the sound of a horn or whistle blown in short blasts or a sound resembling it.
3. Slang To snort cocaine.
1. To blow or sound (a horn or whistle).
2. To sound (a blast, for example) on a horn or whistle.
3. Slang To snort (cocaine).
1. A blast, as of a horn.
2. Slang A drinking binge.
3. Slang Cocaine, especially a small amount snorted at one time.
[Ultimately of imitative origin.]
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