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

Examples of putter in a Sentence

Verb the motorboat puttered across the lake
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
To further gamify the experience, Visit Myrtle Beach also allows putters to check in to each location on the Myrtle Beach Mini Golf digital pass, where points can be earned and redeemed for prizes, ranging from stickers and hats to water bottles and T-shirts. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 22 May 2024 Hit it off the heel of the putter and blocked the second one. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 But in a Wizard of Oz-esque quest echoing Andrews’ ability to overcome poor shots, Boe’s issues are with his putter. Brian Robin, Orange County Register, 5 Apr. 2024 Boe’s a much better putter inside 10 feet, a key factor in lowering his scoring average to a career-best 70.43. Brian Robin, Orange County Register, 5 Apr. 2024 But without compelling character development of either Haley or Isabella, the narrative mostly putters along on predictable routes. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024 Score 20 percent off a sturdy and light push cart, 15 percent off a tour-quality putter from Odyssey, and even 30 percent off a Nikon rangefinder with slope. Red Fabbri, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 Get a table overlooking the water, watch the barges putter past and daydream about continuing on a voyage upriver to the heart of South America. Laurence Blair, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Now she’s had some time to get a new putter in the bag and it’s slowly started to come around. Doug Ferguson, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2024
Verb
The mail lady rattles by, puttering to a rubbery stop beside the mailbox. Emily Zebel, Longreads, 23 May 2024 Science was relatively new as an independent field; its roots were as an activity practiced by middle- or upper-class people at home in their spare time after their real day’s work as barons, doctors, lawyers or whatever professions left them enough free time and resources to putter. Rachel Lance, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Apr. 2024 But a puttering feeling pervades even these climactic moments. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 12 Apr. 2024 Ingenuity hovered above the rover acting as a scout, as Perseverance puttered along the sands of Mars. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 7 Feb. 2024 Alas, the radio-less Cub puttered along the runway, seemingly oblivious to the Cessna fast approaching his rear. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 The family's white SUV is seen puttering out at the intersection of Main and First streets. Christina Coulter, Fox News, 11 Oct. 2023 Though Diana is at the center, Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton), Prince Charles and Prince Philip (Jonathan Pryce) are all puttering about in the background. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Of that group, 246 had a harder average fastball than Teheran’s, which putters along at 89.6 miles per hour, according to Sports Info Solutions. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 27 June 2023

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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 23 Jun. 2024.

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
Etymology

Noun

from put and -er (noun suffix)

Noun

from putt and -er (noun suffix)

Verb

an altered form of earlier potter "to move about idly without aim or purpose"

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