This question was posted on the French forum, I copied it here. Any answers?
Karhu puristi purnukkaa. Vatanen kuuli truuttaavan äänen ja hämmentyneen ähkäisyn, tomaattisosetta suihkusi seinälle Vatasen pään oheen.
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The OP would like to know the meaning of "truuttavan" and also the grammatical form/function of the word in the text.
It’s an onomatopoeic nonce word
of sorts, imitating the sound of the event. Something between “tooting” and “spluttering”. A fart-like noise.
(Note that you’re missing an “a” in the subject line and in your text: it should be truuttaavan
, as in the original quote.)
Grammatically it is a participle (verbal adjective): truuttaava
(the original verb is truutata
The meaning of the verb would be “to make a drawn-out, tooting, spluttering, fart-like ‘trumpet sound’”.
It falls in the category of words you would generally only use in (none too high-falutin’) prose or in casual speech. The word would appear somewhat out of place in serious, formal texts.