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 Wait about 20 minutes, then scrape off the glue with a pocketknife or putty knife. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Super Glue," 24 June 2019 Using a putty knife, fill all nail and screw holes with putty. Chelsea Evers, Country Living, "Here's How to Paint a Wall, Including all the Materials You'll Need," 12 Dec. 2019 Then, scrape off the glue with a pocketknife or putty knife—be careful not to scratch the surface. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Super Glue," 24 June 2019 With plastic putty knives, volunteers carefully cleaned away the lichen. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 5 Sep. 2019 With plastic putty knives, volunteers carefully cleaned away the lichen. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 5 Sep. 2019 With plastic putty knives, volunteers carefully cleaned away the lichen. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 5 Sep. 2019 Next, use a putty knife to scrape loose any caked-on grass clippings from the underside of the deck. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Your Lawn Mower Before You Stow It Away," 11 Sep. 2019 With plastic putty knives, volunteers carefully cleaned away the lichen. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of putty knife

1841, in the meaning defined above

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20 Mar 2020

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“Putty knife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putty%20knife. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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