putter

1 of 3

noun (1)

put·​ter ˈpu̇-tər How to pronounce putter (audio)
: one that puts
a putter of questions

putter

2 of 3

noun (2)

putt·​er ˈpə-tər How to pronounce putter (audio)
1
: a golf club used in putting
2
: one who putts

putter

3 of 3

verb

put·​ter ˈpə-tər How to pronounce putter (audio)
puttered; puttering; putters

intransitive verb

1
: to move or act aimlessly or idly
2
: to work at random : tinker
putterer noun

Example Sentences

Verb the motorboat puttered across the lake

Word History

Etymology

Verb

alteration of potter

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of putter was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near putter

Cite this Entry

“Putter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putter. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

putter

1 of 3 noun
put·​ter ˈpu̇t-ər How to pronounce putter (audio)
: one that puts

putter

2 of 3 noun
putt·​er ˈpət-ər How to pronounce putter (audio)
1
: a golf club used in putting
2
: a person who putts

putter

3 of 3 verb
put·​ter ˈpət-ər How to pronounce putter (audio)
1
: to move or act without obvious purpose
2
: to work by chance or without skill
putterer noun
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