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put-put

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

Definition of put-put

plural -s
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 job
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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 :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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