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  • noun UK A stroll; a wandering.
  • verb UK To wander or ramble in a leisurely, indirect, or aimless manner, such as by walking or driving; to potter.


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Apparently an alteration of poodle, from Pudel, from the onomatopoeic term pudeln ("to splash about").


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  • I thought it was "pootle," but maybe that's something else.

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  • I had thought I'd pass and stump up for a 125 to 'pootle' around on and find out if biking was for me.


  • Bicycles was, and shall remain, a prince among topics, one that allowed us to explore issues of community, freedom and how pleasant it feels to pootle along at 10mph in suburban Surrey.

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  • Designs for elected mayors and elected police chiefs pootle along, but where there's money, there's grumbling.

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  • I didn't have to meet Catherine or Cam for hand-overs or meal times, so Georgia and I could pootle through the day at our own pace, going wherever the mood took us.

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  • It drives his wife mad, he says, as we pootle through the suburbs of Nashville in his battered Toyota pickup a stick shift; they're much cheaper secondhand – she just wants him to go from A to B along the most direct roads.

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  • And then I highly recommend that you pootle back through his archives, because he's chatted with some wonderful spec authors in this interview series.

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  • Suitably refreshed, you pootle down the street past Cotswold-stone cottages covered with climbing roses, and on into a narrow lane.

    My favourite bike ride – the Cotswolds

  • It's not often you enter a stranger's home and pootle around alone and unwatched, but that's the effect Danielle Arnaud is after.

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  • Do they make your heart sing in the way, say, Brazil '82 did, as they pootle the ball about expertly?

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