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  • IPA(key): /zuːt/
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  • Rhymes: -uːt


zoot (countable and uncountable, plural zoots)

  1. (US, slang) A zoot suit.
    • 1965, Malcolm X, Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, published 2015, →ISBN, page 70:
      I couldn't wait for eight o'clock to get home to eat out of those soul-food pots of Ella's, then get dressed in my zoot and head for some of my friends' places in town, to lindy-hop and get high, []
  2. (UK, slang) A marijuana cigarette.
  3. (UK, slang, uncountable) PCP; phencyclidine.
  4. (Trinidad and Tobago, slang) A cigarette butt.
  5. (fandom slang) A fursuit.
    • 1997, Alterskunk, “Spokesfur to appear on BBC Radio”, in alt.fan.furry (Usenet):
      I also told him about a fur meet in which we 'squicked a bunch of mundanes' by running around in a shopping mall in zoots, etc.
    • 1999, Boomer the Dog, “Fursuits appear in the strangest places...”, in alt.lifestyle.furry (Usenet):
      It seems some Furries like zoots because they're the closest thing to a live anthro they can find.

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zoot (third-person singular simple present zoots, present participle zooting, simple past and past participle zooted)

  1. (intransitive, slang) To rush around quickly; to scoot.
    • 2011, Lauren Singer, Fred and I and a Dash of Pepper, page 51:
      Lauren loves to zoot around the shopping mall. At top speed.
    • 2015, David Collins, Gareth Bennett, The Little Book of Cardiff:
      As well as allowing more and more people to zoot around the city in their cars, these roads also allowed for the improvement of public transport within Cardiff.


  • Dalzell, Tom; Terry Victor (2008) The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (in English), London and New York: Routledge, →ISBN



From Middle English soot, from Old English sōt.



  1. soot


  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 82