putter around

phrasal verb

puttered around; puttering around; putters around
US
: to spend time in a relaxed way doing small jobs and other things that are not very important
I didn't do much last weekend. I just puttered around.
He spent his vacation puttering around the house/garden.

Examples of putter around in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Mad Men star gets to show off his comedic chops as the amnesiac Gabriel, puttering around the bookshop and smiling blankly. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 20 July 2023 Levin believes his clients don’t want a highway cruiser, that most buy a Wolf to putter around town or keep at their vacation homes for short hauls. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 In 1969, the Hornet was in between assignments in Vietnam and sort of puttering around the Pacific Ocean. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 30 Jan. 2024 Or just putter around in the morning, like Jeff Bezos. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2023 The characters in the WIRED sim include Jennifer Moore, a 68-year-old watercolor painter who putters around the house most days; Mei Lin, a professor who can often be found helping her kids with their homework; and Tom Moreno, a cantankerous shopkeeper. Will Knight, WIRED, 12 Oct. 2023 From that position, a one-and-half-mile-long drill pipe--that’s how deep the water was--could conceivably collapse and fall on a submersible puttering around either one of the two sites. Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 As played with striking resemblance to the real thing by Chilean actor Jaime Vadell, Larraín’s Count Pinochet spends his days puttering around to old military marches. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 15 Sep. 2023 No, ripping through round after round of biceps curls, bench presses, or squats on their own, half-heartedly puttering around a few other accessory movement, and then calling it a day doesn't count. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 31 July 2023

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“Putter around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putter%20around. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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