put-on

adjective
\ˈpu̇t-ˈȯn, -ˈän\

Definition of put-on 

(Entry 1 of 3)

put-on

noun
\ˈpu̇t-ˌȯn, -ˌän\

Definition of put-on (Entry 2 of 3)

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 (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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

3a : add put on weight

b : exaggerate, overstate

4 : perform, produce put on a play

5a : to mislead deliberately especially for amusement the interviewer … must be put down — or possibly, put on— Melvin Maddocks

b : kid entry 3 sense 1 you're putting me on

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Examples of put-on in a Sentence

Verb

I put on a coat and shoes to go outside. some critics are putting it on when they say it's the best comedy ever made

First Known Use of put-on

Adjective

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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put-on

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of put-on

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not real or genuine

put-on

noun

English Language Learners Definition of put-on (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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