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put·​ty ˈpə-tē How to pronounce putty (audio)
plural putties
: 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
: any of various substances resembling putty in appearance, consistency, or use
: a light brownish-gray to light grayish-brown color
: one who is easily manipulated
is putty in her hands
puttyless adjective
puttylike adjective


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puttied; puttying

transitive verb

: to use putty on or apply putty to

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Check window-glazing putty, which seals glass into the window frame. Regina Cole, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 The video input can be altered, for instance, to show fingers stretching like putty or telescoping into themselves. Sherry Baker, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2015 The Gorgeous Gorgeous set includes two shimmery neutral shades of the brand's bouncy, putty-like cream-to-powder eye shadows. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 6 Nov. 2022 The man had a wrench set, batters, earbuds and epoxy putty on him. cleveland, 23 Dec. 2022 For less than $10 right now on Amazon, this putty is perfect for snatching crumbs and dust particles out of hard-to-reach places. Micki Wagner, Popular Mechanics, 22 Dec. 2022 The twee etiquette of the period is putty in her hands. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2022 This set comes with four types of putty and four types of slime. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 23 Nov. 2022 Hang the witch and bat cutouts on the wall over your mantel using repositionable mounting putty. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Sep. 2022
But that is not the only reason Yulia Kapustienko comes to the fire department every morning to putty the walls. Hanna Arhirova, Chicago Tribune, 30 June 2022 The framing is a little flabby, as the flashbacks slowly putty in how the outspoken woman might have become a murder target. Brian Lowry, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 Tough guy celebrities like Charles Barkley, Draymond Green and former LSU safety Jamal Adams turn to putty around him. Jim Kleinpeter, NOLA.com, 11 July 2017 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1719, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of putty was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Putty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putty. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
put·​ty ˈpət-ē How to pronounce putty (audio)
plural putties
: a soft cement (as for holding glass in a window frame)


2 of 2 verb
puttied; puttying
: to cement or seal up with putty

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