[puh-tee, poo-, puht-ee]
- a long strip of cloth wound spirally round the leg from ankle to knee, worn especially formerly as part of a soldier's uniform.
- a gaiter or legging of leather or other material, as worn by soldiers, riders, etc.
Origin of puttee
1870–75; < Hindi paṭṭī bandage; akin to Sanskrit paṭṭa strip of cloth, bandage
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Examples from the Web for puttee
He slid the pencil down into his puttee and stood up, bowing.Shelled by an Unseen Foe
I took off the puttee, rolled up his trousers, and discovered no sign of a wound.Atlantic Narratives
“Dunno,” McGee answered, looking at the puttee roll in his hand.Aces Up
Mrs. Puttee and her eldest son saw me off at Euston Station.
I was overjoyed, as the hospital was very near Southall, and Mr. and Mrs. Puttee were both there to meet me.
- (usually plural) a strip of cloth worn wound around the legs from the ankle to the knee, esp as part of a military uniform in World War I
C19: from Hindi pattī, from Sanskrit pattikā, from patta cloth
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Word Origin and History for puttee
1875, from Hindi patti "band, bandage," from Sanskrit pattah "strip of cloth."
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