putty

noun
put·​ty | \ ˈpə-tē How to pronounce putty (audio) \
plural putties

Definition of putty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 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

putty

verb
puttied; puttying

Definition of putty (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to use putty on or apply putty to

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Other Words from putty

Noun

puttyless adjective
puttylike adjective

Examples of putty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Use a household cleaner to remove all traces of dirt, soap scum, water deposit, and hardened plumber’s putty from the face of the sink. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Bathroom Renovations You Can Tackle Without a Contractor," 13 Sep. 2020 So Elizabeth hired pros to putty, sand, and paint the cabinetry and attach simple black hardware. Laura Fenton, Better Homes & Gardens, "Bold Blues and Patterned Wallpaper Make This 19th-Century House Feel Like Home," 3 Sep. 2020 The fact that he's been playing with putty during isolation? Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Friday Five: French Montana's 'Cold,' Thom Yorke's basement piano serenade, and more," 1 May 2020 Using a putty knife, fill all nail and screw holes with putty. Chelsea Evers, Country Living, "Here's How to Paint a Wall, Including all the Materials You'll Need," 12 Dec. 2019 Carman filled the holes with putty, which was inadequate and made the boat unseaworthy, several witnesses said. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Nathan Carman takes stand in civil case focusing on sinking of his boat in 2016," 22 Aug. 2019 Farrell shifted then to Carman’s efforts to fix the holes, showing examples of putty, epoxy and resin kits like those used in the repair. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Judge hears final arguments in case of the sinking of Nathan Carman’s boat," 4 Sep. 2019 A decade ago, Muderick decided to manufacture the putty itself at his headquarters in Norristown, Pa. Joyce M. Rosenberg, SFChronicle.com, "Businesses find pitfalls in making goods overseas," 14 July 2019 The zombie metaphor is eminently malleable, the amorphous horde a putty to be shaped into any sociocultural commentary. Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Bill Murray, Adam Driver battle zombies in ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 13 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tough guy celebrities like Charles Barkley, Draymond Green and former LSU safety Jamal Adams turn to putty around him. Jim Kleinpeter, NOLA.com, "2 in UGA tennis program facing felony charges: Report," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of putty

Noun

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1719, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for putty

Noun

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

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The first known use of putty was in 1665

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Last Updated

23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Putty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putty. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for putty

putty

noun
How to pronounce putty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of putty

: 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

noun
put·​ty | \ ˈpə-tē How to pronounce putty (audio) \
plural putties

Kids Definition of putty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

putty

verb
puttied; puttying

Kids Definition of putty (Entry 2 of 2)

: to seal up with putty

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