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putty

noun put·ty \ ˈpə-tē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of putty

plural putties
1 a : a doughlike material typically made of whiting and linseed oil that is used especially to fasten glass in window frames and to fill crevices in woodwork
b : any of various substances resembling putty in appearance, consistency, or use
2 : a light brownish-gray to light grayish-brown color
3 : one who is easily manipulated
  • is putty in her hands

puttyless

adjective

puttylike

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of putty

French potée potter's glaze, literally, potful, from Old French, from pot pot — more at pottage


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putty

verb

Definition of putty

puttied; puttying
transitive verb
: to use putty on or apply putty to

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First Known Use of putty

1719



PUTTY Defined for English Language Learners

putty

noun

Definition of putty for English Language Learners

  • : a soft, sticky substance that becomes hard when it dries and that is used for holding glass in window frames or for filling small holes in wood


PUTTY Defined for Kids

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putty

noun put·ty \ ˈpə-tē \

Definition of putty for Students

plural putties
: a soft sticky substance that hardens as it dries and is used for holding glass in a window frame or filling holes

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putty

verb

Definition of putty for Students

puttied; puttying
: to seal up with putty


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