\ ˈpət How to pronounce putt (audio) \

Definition of putt

: a golf stroke made on a putting green to cause the ball to roll into or near the hole

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from putt

putt verb

Examples of putt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daniel Berger, playing in the final group with English, had a long eagle putt hang on the lip at the 18th and had to settle for birdie and a 67 that left him three shots behind, still in the mix. Dallas News, "Ryan Palmer, Harris English tied for the lead at Tournament of Champions," 10 Jan. 2021 With a birdie on the final hole, the LPGA's final putt of the season, Ko finished at 18 under for her seventh career LPGA win. orlandosentinel.com, "Ko wins LPGA’s season-ending CME Group title in a flourish," 20 Dec. 2020 There may never be a better chance for Johnson, who grew up an hour away from Augusta National in Columbia, South Carolina, digging up the sod at Weed Hill Driving Range and pretending that every putt was to win the Masters. Adam Schupak, The Arizona Republic, "Masters: Dustin Johnson shoots 65 to lead by 4, but can he close the deal this time?," 15 Nov. 2020 Waiting for Thomas to putt, father and son stood side-by-side, right leg crossed over left ankle. Doug Ferguson, courant.com, "Tiger’s son makes TV debut and looks just like he’s at home," 19 Dec. 2020 Waiting for Thomas to putt, father and son stood side-by-side, right leg crossed over left ankle. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, "Tiger Woods’ son dazzles at PNC Challenge in Orlando," 19 Dec. 2020 Johnson holes out from a drop area for par on the last hole to force a playoff and wins when Woods misses a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Time for the Lakers to bench LeBron James?," 8 Dec. 2020 Best of 2020: Reaching No. 1 in the world for the first time by winning the Memorial, and making a 65-foot birdie putt to win at Olympia Fields for his first FedEx Cup playoff win. Doug Ferguson, SFChronicle.com, "2020 Masters: A look at 10 contenders," 10 Nov. 2020 Lewis drained a bogey putt on the final hole, giving Team USA the victory $46,000-$29,000. Dallas News, "Volunteers of America Classic marks LPGA’s return to North Texas, will serve as tune up for U.S. Women’s Open," 3 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'putt.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of putt

circa 1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for putt

Scots, literally, shove, gentle push, from putt, put to put

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about putt

Time Traveler for putt

Time Traveler

The first known use of putt was circa 1754

See more words from the same year

Statistics for putt

Last Updated

21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Putt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putt. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on putt

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about putt

Comments on putt

What made you want to look up putt? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!