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

Examples of putt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paige doesn’t play because of a broken bone in his right hand. 2016 — Mackenzie Hughes holes an 18-foot par putt from off the green to win the RSM Classic and become the first rookie in 20 years to go wire-to-wire for his first PGA Tour victory. Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Hull’s 15-foot birdie putt to extend the playoff missed to the left. Associated Press, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2023 Harman made 58 of 59 putts within 10 feet, led all players on fairways hit and found only two bunkers through the entire championship — something that had confounded his competitors throughout the weekend — fewest of any player in the tournament. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 23 July 2023 Homa told reporters the fan had bet $3 on him to miss the putt. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2023 His longest birdie putt on the back nine was from 12 feet on No. 11. Associated Press, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 After dropping a par putt on 18 to secure the victory, Wannasaen was greeted by her fellow Thai players and doused in water in celebration of her first LPGA victory. oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2023 Rarely has such a big putt — 65 feet in a playoff against Dustin Johnson — been so silent. Doug Ferguson, Chicago Tribune, 16 Aug. 2023 Other photos from the event captured Sammy hanging out in the bunkers and even hitting a few putts. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of putt was circa 1754

Cite this Entry

“Putt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putt. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a golf stroke made to cause the ball to roll into or near the hole
putt verb

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