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putty

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noun put·ty \ˈpə-tē\

Definition of putty

plural

putties

  1. 1a :  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 woodworkb :  any of various substances resembling putty in appearance, consistency, or use

  2. 2 :  a light brownish-gray to light grayish-brown color

  3. 3 :  one who is easily manipulated is putty in her hands

puttyless

adjective

puttylike

adjective

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 put·ty

Definition of putty

puttied

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puttying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to use putty on or apply putty to

First Known Use of putty

1719



PUTTY Defined for English Language Learners

putty

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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

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noun put·ty \ˈpə-tē\

Definition of putty for Students

plural

putties

  1. :  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

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verb put·ty

Definition of putty for Students

puttied

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puttying

  1. :  to seal up with putty



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