put-put

noun
variants: or putt-putt \ ˈpət¦pət , usually -​¦pət+V \
plural -s

Definition of put-put

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sound made by or suggestive of the operation of a small gasoline engine the put-put of its motor— Kay Boyle occasionally there would be the rapid put-put of conversation— Donn Byrne
2 : a small gasoline engine or a vehicle or boat equipped with one a phonograph and a radio and a flivver and a put-put for the canoe— Fannie Kilbourne experimenting with fast-flying combat planes to replace the slow-flying put-puts now used for the jobTime
variants: or putt-putt \ " \
put-putted or putt-putted; put-putted or putt-putted; put-putting or putt-putting; put-puts or putt-putts

Definition of put-put (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make put-puts : make the flat regularly repeated explosive sound of a small gasoline engine his angry style, which keeps put-putting in a series of equal explosions like a one-cylinder gasoline engine— Malcolm Cowley
2 : to proceed or operate with or as if with put-puts : travel in a vehicle or boat that put-puts the launch went put-putting across the darkening harbor— William Irish put-put off across the water to visit the alligators— J. L. Jolley

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“Put-put.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put-put. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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