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putter

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noun put·ter \ ˈpu̇-tər \

Definition of putter

:one that puts
  • a putter of questions

First Known Use of putter

14th century


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putter

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noun putt·er \ ˈpə-tər \

Definition of putter

1 :a golf club used in putting
2 :one who putts

First Known Use of putter

1743


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putter

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verb put·ter \ ˈpə-tər \

Definition of putter

intransitive verb
1 :to move or act aimlessly or idly
2 :to work at random :tinker

putterer

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Examples of putter in a Sentence

  1. the motorboat puttered across the lake

Origin and Etymology of putter

alteration of potter



PUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

putter

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Definition of putter for English Language Learners

  • : to make small popping sounds while moving slowly


PUTTER Defined for Kids

putter

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verb put·ter \ ˈpə-tər \

Definition of putter for Students

puttered; puttering
:to act or work without much purpose
  • She enjoys puttering around the garden.

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