putter

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of potter

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

putter (third-person singular simple present putters, present participle puttering, simple past and past participle puttered)

  1. (intransitive) To be active, but not excessively busy, at a task or a series of tasks.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 13, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      We tiptoed into the house, up the stairs and along the hall into the room where the Professor had been spending so much of his time. 'Twas locked, of course, but the Deacon man got a big bunch of keys out of his pocket and commenced to putter with the lock.

Etymology 2[edit]

put +‎ -er

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

putter (plural putters)

  1. One who puts or places.
  2. One who pushes the small wagons in a coal mine.

Etymology 3[edit]

putt +‎ -er

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

putter (plural putters)

  1. (golf) A golf club specifically intended for a putt.
  2. (golf) A person who is taking a putt or putting.

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Etymology 4[edit]

Onomatopoeiac

Verb[edit]

putter (third-person singular simple present putters, present participle puttering, simple past and past participle puttered)

  1. To produce intermittent bursts of sound in the course of operating.
    • 2010, Dan Newton, The Wildcat, ISBN 1452023700:
      Timmy's dad drove an old blue truck that puttered and sputtered to get to the top of the mountain, that led to the valley, where. . . the WILDCAT waited.
    • 2010, Pat Kelleher, Black Hand Gang, ISBN 1849972125:
      By the time the engine had puttered and died Atkins and some of the others were out of the trenches and walking towards this new wonder machine.
    • 2017, Jennifer S. Holland, For These Monkeys, It’s a Fight for Survival., National Geographic (March 2017)[1]
      He was alone, and after I puttered by, I glanced back to see him swagger into the middle of the path to watch me go.

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Dutch[edit]

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Noun[edit]

putter m (plural putters, diminutive puttertje n)

  1. European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis

French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from English putter.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

putter m (plural putters)

  1. putter (golf club)

Etymology 2[edit]

English putt +‎ -er

Verb[edit]

putter

  1. (golf) to putt
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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Verb[edit]

putter

  1. present tense of putte

Vilamovian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

putter f

  1. butter