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patootie

noun

sweetheart

Word Origin

perhaps corruption of potato

Usage Note

slang, often used with 'sweet'

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Word Origin and History for patootie
n.

"sweetheart, pretty girl," colloquial American English, 1921, perhaps a corruption of potato (c.f. sweet potato). Sweet patootie is recorded from 1919 as a generic exclamation.

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Slang definitions & phrases for patootie

patootie

n,n phr
  1. One's girlfriend or boyfriend; sweetheart: Tell their patooties how pretty they are
  2. A young woman: a batch of pretty-panned patooties

[1921+; perhaps fr a play on sweet potato suggested by sweetheart and potato as used, like tomato, to mean a person]


on the wagon

adjective phrase

Abstaining from liquor; teetotal, at least temporarily: Monty didn't drink, and Clifton James went on the wagon

[1904+; first attested as on the water cart in 1902]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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