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put-on

adjective \ ˈpu̇t-ˈȯn , -ˈän \

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put-on

noun \ ˈpu̇t-ˌȯn , -ˌän \

Definition of put-on

1 : an instance of putting someone on
  • conversational put-ons are related to old-fashioned joshing
  • —Jacob Brackman
2 : parody, spoof
  • a kind of put-on of every pretentious film ever made
  • —C. A. Ridley

put on

verb

Definition of put on

1 a : to dress oneself in : don
b : to make part of one's appearance or behavior
c : feign
  • put a saintly manner on
2 : to cause to act or operate : apply
  • put on more speed
3 a : add
  • put on weight
4 : perform, produce
  • put on a play
5 a : to mislead deliberately especially for amusement
  • the interviewer … must be put down — or possibly, put on
  • —Melvin Maddocks
b : 3kid 1
  • you're putting me on

Examples of put on in a Sentence

  1. I put on a coat and shoes to go outside.

  2. some critics are putting it on when they say it's the best comedy ever made

First Known Use of put on

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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put on Synonyms


PUT-ON Defined for English Language Learners

put-on

Definition of put-on for English Language Learners

  • : not real or genuine


put-on

Definition of put-on for English Language Learners

  • : the act of saying things that are not true in a joking way



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