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 The excavated layers of the Money Pit—the wood, charcoal, and putty—align with what would be expected in an old tar kiln, Fader says. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2021 These smaller, textured painting-collages draw their imagery from nature and incorporate such 3-D materials as ash, sand and putty. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Parks and Recreation gave us Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson, a rugged libertarian who holds zero problematic views and is putty in the hands of strong women. Judy Berman, Time, 19 July 2021 This putty can maneuver its way into the tiny cracks and crevices in your car that rarely get any love. Casey Clark, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Although extremely durable, museum putty isn’t fail-safe, so keep larger, heavier objects on lower shelves. Ada Tseng, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Allow the putty to harden for a few minutes or until fully dry. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, 23 Feb. 2021 Then plug the holes with wood putty or a wooden dowel to protect against future utilization of the old nesting tunnels and reduce the chances of wood decay. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 30 May 2021 Fill all nail holes with glazing compound or painter's putty, then apply a coat of a 100 percent acrylic topcoat. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 15 May 2021 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, 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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12 Sep 2021

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“Putty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putty. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for putty

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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