putty knife

noun

Definition of putty knife

: an implement with a broad flat metal blade used especially for applying putty and for scraping

Examples of putty knife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another option is to use colored wood putty and fill in using a plastic putty knife. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2022 Also, consider filing down the edge of your metal putty knife so that it’s a bit more rounded. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 6 May 2022 Scrape the area free of any leftover adhesive or thinset with a stiff putty knife. Sal Vaglica, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 Slowly use your putty knife to spread a layer of joint compound across the wood, then use a trowel to create your own line designs. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Mar. 2022 Now, try scraping or peeling off the lacquer with a plastic putty knife or your fingernail. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 16 Feb. 2022 Water, putty knife, mild soap or detergent (that doesn't contain bleach), a gentle scrubbing brush or cloth, and a rug cleaner are great to have handy in this situation. Daley Quinn, Southern Living, 14 Apr. 2021 First, use a sturdy scrub brush ($5, The Home Depot) or plastic putty knife ($1, The Home Depot) to scrape away any grass stuck under the deck, on the blades, and other parts. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2021 Scrape off any loose bits of paint with a paint scraper or the tip of a putty knife. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of putty knife

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of putty knife was in 1841

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Last Updated

1 Jul 2022

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“Putty knife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putty%20knife. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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