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put–put

noun \ˈpət¦pət, usually -¦pət+V\
variants: or

putt–putt

\ˈpət¦pət, usually -¦pət+V\

Definition of put–put

plural

-s

  1. 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. 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 job — Time

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Origin and Etymology of put–put

imitative


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put–put

intransitive verb \"\
variants: or

putt–putt

\"\

Definition of put–put

put–putted

or

putt–putted

;

put–putted

or

putt–putted

;

put–putting

or

putt–putting

;

put–puts

or

putt–putts

  1. 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. 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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