Origin uncertain; perhaps representing an unattested Old English *putta (“hawk”). Compare pout (“a young bird”), poult.
puttock (plural puttocks)
- (now Britain regional) Any of several birds of prey including the red kite, buzzard or marsh harrier
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.xi:
- Some like to hounds, some like to Apes, dismayd, / Some like to Puttockes, all in plumes arayd: / All shap't according their conditions […]
- (nautical) The futtock