put-down

noun \ ˈpu̇t-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of put-down

:an act or instance of putting down; especially :a humiliating remark

First Known Use of put-down

1932


put down

verb

Definition of put down

1 :to bring to an end :stop
  • put down a riot
2 a :depose, degrade
b :disparage, belittle
  • mentioned his poetry only to put it down
c :disapprove, criticize
  • was put down for the way she dressed
d :humiliate, squelch
  • put him down with a sharp retort
3 :to make ineffective :check
  • put down the gossip
4 :to do away with (an injured, sick, or aged animal) :destroy
5 a :to put in writing
b :to enter in a list
6 a :to place in a category
  • I put him down as a hypochondriac
  • —O. S. J. Gogarty
b :attribute
  • put it down to inexperience
7 :to pack or preserve for future use
8 :consume
  • putting down helping after helping
  • —Carson McCullers
put down roots
transitive verb
:to establish a permanent residence

Examples of put down in a Sentence

  1. he has the annoying habit of putting down others under the guise of offering constructive criticism

  2. we had the whole agreement put down on paper

First Known Use of put down

14th century


PUT-DOWN Defined for English Language Learners

put-down

noun

Definition of put-down for English Language Learners

  • : a statement that criticizes or insults someone



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