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Word Origin

perhaps corruption of potato

Usage Note

slang, often used with 'sweet''s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • At Sixty-sixth he came sasshaying right down the car and said 'Hello, patootie!'

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Word Origin and History for patootie

"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


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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