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I was just sitting thinking I had cold tootsies meaning my toes or feet! This got me wondering, where on earth does the word tootsie/tootsy come from?

I did Google this and got definitions (apparently a childish name for foot) but no reasoning where it comes from. Are there any more clues out there about the word's etymology?

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It may not be obvious where to search for things like this; try english.stackexchange.com/questions/1482/… for a helpful list of resources. – Karl Knechtel Oct 26 '11 at 10:59
Voting to reopen. I found an antedating (1842) of tootsy-pootsies for feet and I bet there's some interesting history. – Callithumpian Jan 6 '12 at 3:49
@Callithumpian: please do share. Thank you. – RegDwigнt Dec 13 '13 at 23:02
up vote 4 down vote accepted


also tootsie, 1854, baby-talk substitution for foot. Candy bar Tootsie Roll patent claims use from 1908.

And it sounds like a combination of toe and foot.

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Sounds about right although was hoping for something more interesting? No idea what a tootsie roll is though (I'm in the uk) – Bex Oct 26 '11 at 9:56
images.google.com/… – Unreason Oct 26 '11 at 10:09
I'm from the UK and don't know what Tootsie Roll is either, but candy bar means it's a kind of sweet, manufactured since 1896. Check Wikipedia or Google for more :) – Hugo Oct 26 '11 at 10:12
Don't bother. They're gross. – onomatomaniak Oct 26 '11 at 10:27
@onomatomaniak de gustibus non disputandum est... I used to be quite fond of them. They give your jaw a real workout too :) – Karl Knechtel Oct 26 '11 at 11:03

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