putty knife

noun

: 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 Since the spackle dries and hardens quickly, keep the putty knife clean by dipping it in water and cleaning it with a cloth. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, 15 Feb. 2023 Mix the resin and hardener and press the mixture into the screw holes with a putty knife. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2023 Keep that space underneath clean of flammable debris as well and grab a screwdriver or putty knife and clean out debris from between the deck boards too. Time, 22 Aug. 2023 With a plastic putty knife, spread the poultice about a quarter-inch thick over the stained area, including about an inch beyond the borders. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 14 July 2023 Pull down on a side or on a corner, or use a putty knife to get behind the cover then pull it gently down. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 17 July 2023 When the poultice is completely dry — this may take 24 to 48 hours — scoop up the powder with the putty knife. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 14 July 2023 Patch Using wall spackle and a putty knife, cover the hole generously with the spackle. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 28 June 2023 Cover With Putty Using a putty knife, cover the drywall patch with a generous amount of spackle, making sure to cover the wall past the edges of the patch and fully cover the hole. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 28 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of putty knife was in 1841

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“Putty knife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putty%20knife. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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putty knife

noun
: a tool with a broad flat metal blade used especially for applying putty and for scraping
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