put-down

noun
\ ˈpu̇t-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of put-down 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

put down

verb

Definition of put down (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to an end : stop put down a riot

2a : 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

5a : to put in writing

b : to enter in a list

6a : 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

: to establish a permanent residence

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Examples of put-down in a Sentence

Verb

he has the annoying habit of putting down others under the guise of offering constructive criticism we had the whole agreement put down on paper

First Known Use of put-down

Noun

1932, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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put-down

noun

English Language Learners Definition of put-down

: a statement that criticizes or insults someone

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