[poo t-lawg, -log, puht-]


any of a number of short pieces of lumber supporting a scaffold's floor.

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Historical Examples of putlog

  • The solid oak burst with the blow, and the gun stuck fast, like a builder's putlog.

    Lorna Doone

    R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for putlog




a short horizontal beam that with others supports the floor planks of a scaffold

Word Origin for putlog

C17: changed (through influence of log 1) from earlier putlock, probably from put (past participle) + lock 1
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