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See also: puttée


Etymology 1[edit]

From Hindi पट्टी (paṭṭī, bandage, strip of cloth), from Sanskrit पट्टिका (paṭṭikā) of similar meaning.

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puttee (plural puttees)

  1. A strip of cloth wound round the leg, worn for protection or support by hikers, soldiers etc.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 113:
      he bought himself a pair of Fox's puttees for going out and polished his belt until it shone like mahogany, and I bet he was never pulled up for having dirty buttons.
    • 1913, Elizabeth Kimball Kendall, A Wayfarer in China
      From Hui-li-chou northwards I was escorted by real soldiers, quite of the new service. They looked rather shipshape in khaki suits and puttees, and their guns were of a good model, but they handled them in careless fashion at first, belabouring laden ponies and even coolies who were slow in getting out of the way of my chair.

Etymology 2[edit]

put +‎ -ee


puttee (plural puttees)

  1. (grammar) Something that is put somewhere; the object of the action of putting.
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