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

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 The zombie metaphor is eminently malleable, the amorphous horde a putty to be shaped into any sociocultural commentary. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: Bill Murray and Adam Driver battle zombies in ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 13 June 2019 The rumples form when the bottom of the ice shelf, which flows downhill toward the ocean like very slow putty, runs up against an underwater ridge. National Geographic, "This giant chunk of ice could break off Antarctica any day," 25 Mar. 2019 One: elegant, neutral, made of natural woods/fibers/putties, and sure to be ignored by your little one. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The 9 Items That Transformed Our Homes in 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 Your coffee mug morphs into a doughnut, as if made of putty that’s been pinched and pulled. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "Shape Shifters," 28 Sep. 2018 Antarctic ice flows like slow putty, sliding away from the high interior of the continent and toward the sea. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Satellite tracking of Antarctica expands view of glacial patchwork," 6 Apr. 2018 Educating dancers on how to use the putty has been a challenge for Ms. Schmutte. Claire Martin, New York Times, "Bringing Ballet Pros Relief, Down to the Tips of Their Toes," 12 Jan. 2018

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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putty

noun

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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