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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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Examples from the Web for puttees
Historical Examples
  • Perhaps we had a pair of puttees, and the rest of the costume was our own.

  • I'm wondering about those puttees, dear—shanks in puttees are deceptive.

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
  • Upon his puttees it had dried so thickly that you could scarcely see the folds.

    Brought Forward R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • I used to see you in uniform with cap and bronze buttons and sword and puttees.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • We had puttees, but the greater number of us had no rubber boots.

    Private Peat

    Harold R. Peat
  • He felt no longer the slight tug of puttees about his ankles.

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • The body was fully clothed and the legs encased in boots and puttees.

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt
  • I had been wounded in both legs, and from one I saw blood streaming down through my puttees.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • My own costume consisted of an old and thin British warm over either a thin shirt or vest with old riding breeches and puttees.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop
  • He was surveying Wallie in his riding breeches and puttees with an expression that was at once amused and insolent.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for puttees


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 puttees



1875, from Hindi patti "band, bandage," from Sanskrit pattah "strip of cloth."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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