put-on

1 of 3

adjective

put-on

2 of 3

noun

1
: an instance of putting someone on
conversational put-ons are related to old-fashioned joshingJacob Brackman
2
: parody, spoof
a kind of put-on of every pretentious film ever madeC. A. Ridley

put on

3 of 3

verb

put on; putting on; puts on

transitive verb

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
In body-swap comedies, the acting is its own kind of brazen put-on fun. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 2 Dec. 2023 Temple definitely comes closest to caricature of the three leads, but the show is aware of this, and eventually establishes a reason why the accent and a lot of Dot’s personality seems like a put-on. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 More importantly, the movies are mostly devoid of an outsider’s gaze, although some of Montañez (Jesse Garcia)’s quippy voiceovers feel like a put-on for the benefit of gringos. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 What is behind it, however, is both method and mischief, and a perpetual Mad magazine sense of put-on. Stephen Birmingham, Town & Country, 10 Aug. 2023 Drake is now 36 years old with 17 years in the music industry, nearly a dozen Billboard chart-topping hits, and more put-on accents and flows than a rapping AI. Dylan Green, Vulture, 26 July 2023 Consider Scorcese gangster flicks, the same actors jawing put-on accents, the AM jukebox soundtracks, fatiguing runtimes, and that same walkabout-voiceover shot. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 5 June 2023
Verb
Along with that financial weight is the intense emotional and psychological toll the often months-long process can put on anyone going through it.3 In turn, having mental health support is a must, notes Dr. Levine. Maressa Brown, Parents, 16 Feb. 2024 Everything was put on the table, and nothing was taken off the table, Haubert said. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 If Zendaya is going to do one thing on the carpet, it’s put on a show. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 15 Feb. 2024 Each guest does have to be put on Airbnb and accounted for per Airbnb rules and insurance requirements. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 Long barely known, the force’s fighters put on a show last year for local and foreign reporters who were invited on a media tour of one of its training camps on a pleasant spring day in southern Lebanon. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 There was nothing ambiguous about it — James was going to put on a show. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2024 The last bill has been put on hold by a judge while a legal challenge plays out. Seth Klamann, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 But rather than zero in on the seizure of Carollo’s home on Morris Lane, his lawyers argue that the writ should be put on hold until there is a thorough inventory of the commissioner’s personal property in the residence that could be seized by the U.S. Marshals. Rebecca San Juan, Miami Herald, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of put-on was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Put-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put-on. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

put-on

1 of 2 noun
ˈpu̇t-ˌȯn,
-ˌän
1
: a false appearance or presentation
my bravery was all a put-on
2
: a joke in which someone is fooled

put on

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)pu̇t-ˈȯn,
-ˈän
1
a
: to dress oneself in
b
: to make part of one's appearance or behavior
c
: pretend entry 1 sense 1
put on a show of anger
2
: exaggerate, overstate
they're putting it on when they make such claims
3
: perform sense 3b, produce
put on an entertaining act
4
: kid entry 2 sense 1, fool
you're putting me on
put-on adjective
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