Borrowed from French potée (“polishing powder", originally "the contents of a pot, potful”), from French pot (“pot”). More at English pot.
putty (countable and uncountable, plural putties)
- A form of cement, made from linseed oil and whiting, used to fix panes of glass.
- Any of a range of similar substances.
- An oxide of tin, or of lead and tin, used in polishing glass, etc.
- A fine cement of lime only, used by plasterers.
- (golf, colloquial) A golf ball made of composition and not gutta-percha.
a form of cement
- Bulgarian: маджун (bg) m (madžun)
- Catalan: massilla (ca) f
- Czech: kyt (cs) m
- Danish: kit n
- Dutch: kit (nl) m, stopverf (nl) c
- Estonian: kitt
- Finnish: kitti (fi)
- French: mastic (fr) m
- Georgian: წებო (c̣ebo), საფითხნი (sapitxni)
- German: Kitt (de) m, Fensterkitt m
- Hungarian: (as used by glaziers) gitt (hu), (as used by plasterers/decorators) glett, kitt (hu), (rare) tapasz (hu)
- Indonesian: dempul (id)
- Italian: stucco (it) m
- Japanese: パテ (ja) (pate)
- Bokmål: kitt n
- Nynorsk: kitt n
- Ottoman Turkish: معجون (maʿcun)
- Persian: زاماسکه (fa) (zâmâske)
- Plautdietsch: Kjitt n
- Polish: kit (pl) m
- Portuguese: massa (pt), massa de vidraceiro f
- Russian: зама́зка (ru) f (zamázka), шпатлёвка (ru) f (špatljóvka)
- Cyrillic: кит m, гит m
- Roman: kit (sh) m, git (sh) m
- Spanish: masilla
- Swedish: kitt (sv) n, spackel (sv) n
- Turkish: macun (tr)
- Volapük: färmedastöf
any of a range of similar substances
Translations to be checked
putty (not comparable)
- Of, pertaining to, or resembling putty.
putty (third-person singular simple present putties, present participle puttying, simple past and past participle puttied)
- (transitive) To fix or fill using putty.
to fix something using putty
putty (comparative puttier, superlative puttiest)
- (pronunciation spelling) pretty; purdy
putty (plural putties)
- Alternative form of puttee (“strip of cloth wound round the leg”).
1964 , 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.”’