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[puh-tee, poo-, puht-ee] /pʌˈti, pʊ-, ˈpʌt i/
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.
Also, putty, puttie.
Origin of puttee
1870-75; < Hindi paṭṭī bandage; akin to Sanskrit paṭṭa strip of cloth, bandage Unabridged
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  • He said never a word, but in a trice had his knife out, cut off his puttee and looked at his ankle.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • He slid the pencil down into his puttee and stood up, bowing.

  • A soldier lay on his back with his rifle beside him, his left foot merely held on by his puttee.

  • Mrs. puttee and her eldest son saw me off at Euston Station.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • Personally I had no other headgear of any kind, except a sort of Glengarry made of pieces of puttee stitched together.

  • Then in a series of frenzied curses Wiley stripped off his puttee and felt of his injured 39leg.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
  • “Dunno,” McGee answered, looking at the puttee roll in his hand.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • He walked ahead as fast as he could, his puttee still dragging behind him.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • Another difference was that the Americans wore a light gaiter, instead of the puttee.

  • His wounded arm had given out, and he had the limb supported in a sling made from a puttee.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for puttee


noun (pl) -tees, -ties
(usually pl) 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
Word Origin
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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