- Alternative spelling of
From Middle High German tūten, cognate with Dutch tuiten, toeten. Swedish tuta and German tuten are borrowed from Low German, and English toot is borrowed from Dutch. The verb is either an independent onomatopoeic formation or derived, with an irregular treatment of the initial consonant, from Proto-Germanic *þeutaną (“to howl”), which is the source of Old Norse þjóta, Swedish tjuta, Old English þēotan, Old High German diozan.
See the etymology of the main entry.