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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

Examples of putty in a Sentence

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That's usually a tablet, headphones, coloring book, putty, and action figures in his own carry-on. Jill Robi, Parents, 18 May 2024 The construction material forms a putty with water and produces heat. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 25 Mar. 2024 Five Unusual Types of Products 3M Developed Over the Years Bondo: While not developed under 3M’s roof, the Bondo brand of automotive body filler, essentially a putty designed to fill in holes and cover visual imperfections, has been owned by 3M since at least 2007. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Apr. 2024 A lot of rough edges have been sanded off, leaving a putty nose behind. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Jan. 2024 Knead the putty thoroughly to mix the two parts, then jam the wad into the socket. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Some folks just fill the bolt heads with putty, such as JB Weld. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Hebrew comedians wore scraggly crepe beards—the more obviously phony, the better—and used putty to mold their noses into monstrous beaks. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2023 Some patches are self-adhesive, while others require putty or patch clips to stay put. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 28 June 2023
Visitors are confronted with a head-on view of the ocean from the front door, and in the living room, low-slung furnishings and a pale palette of whites, putties, and muted blues make the turquoise view over the Atlantic Ocean the dazzling star of the show. Mark David, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2024 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

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

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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