[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 puttees
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?
We had puttees, but the greater number of us had no rubber boots.Private Peat
Harold R. Peat
- (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 puttees
1875, from Hindi patti "band, bandage," from Sanskrit pattah "strip of cloth."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper