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Etymology 1 edit

Borrowed from French potée (polishing powder", originally "the contents of a pot, potful), from French pot (pot). More at English pot.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpʌti/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌti

Noun edit

putty (countable and uncountable, plural putties)

  1. A form of cement, made from linseed oil and whiting, used to fix panes of glass.
  2. Any of a range of similar substances.
    1. An oxide of tin, or of lead and tin, used in polishing glass, etc.
    2. A fine cement of lime only, used by plasterers.
  3. (golf, colloquial) A golf ball made of composition and not gutta-percha.
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putty (not comparable)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling putty.

Verb edit

putty (third-person singular simple present putties, present participle puttying, simple past and past participle puttied)

  1. (transitive) To fix or fill using putty.
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Etymology 2 edit

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putty (comparative puttier, superlative puttiest)

  1. (pronunciation spelling) pretty; purdy

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Noun edit

putty (plural putties)

  1. Alternative form of puttee (strip of cloth wound round the leg).
    • 1964 [1929], William Faulkner, Sartoris (The Collected Works of William Faulkner), London: Chatto & Windus, page 22:
      “He went to’ds de back, ma’am.” The negro opened the door and slid his legs, clad in army O.D. and a pair of linoleum putties, to the ground. “‘I’ll go git ’im.”’