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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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  • The small boys came out in puttees and the women put ribbons in their hair.

  • Perhaps we had a pair of puttees, and the rest of the costume was our own.

  • The ricksha men have their legs fitted with tight trousers and puttees to end them, and they are graceful.

  • I used to see you in uniform with cap and bronze buttons and sword and puttees.

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

    Private Peat Harold R. Peat
  • I went over to see what was wrong, and to my astonishment he was kneeling down carefully rewinding one of his puttees.

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

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • He pictured himself in the bathroom eagerly peeling off his puttees as the water splashed into the pale blue bath.

    "Contemptible" "Casualty"
  • 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
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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