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[puht] /pʌt/ Golf.
verb (used with or without object)
to strike (the ball) gently so as to make it roll along the green into the hole.
an act of putting.
a stroke made in putting.
Origin of putt
1735-45; orig. Scots, variant of put
Can be confused
put, putt (see synonym study at put) Unabridged
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  • "You aren't going to win all the holes," he said grudgingly, as he ran down his putt.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • We should putt our hoipe and trust in God onlie, and no other thing.

  • I guessed wot I see is workin' in your mind—that some one else done it an' putt the blame on 'er.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • putt when Nature says "No further," then it is no coot snapping your fingers in her face.

    Strife (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • That is a pretty story that is told of Captain Broughtons challenge to Tom to hole a putt for 50.

  • I putt my wits in soak, an' soon I spotted the guilty party.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • But I do not think I should have holed the putt anyhow—I was by no means dead—and at all events he won the hole and so the match.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • When I try to putt with it I cannot keep my eye away from its heel.

  • Mary then prepared to putt, Russell's approach having left her twelve feet short of the hole.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
British Dictionary definitions for putt


a stroke on the green with a putter to roll the ball into or near the hole
to strike (the ball) in this way
Word Origin
C16: of Scottish origin; related to put
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Word Origin and History for putt

1510s, Scottish, "to push, shove," a special use and pronunciation of put (v.). Golfing sense is from 1743. Meaning "to throw" (a stone, as a demonstration of strength) is from 1724; this also is the putt in shot putting. Related: Putted; putting.


c.1300, "a putting, pushing, shoving, thrusting," special use and pronunciation of put (n.). Golfing sense is from 1743.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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