put-on

[ noun poo t-on, -awn; adjective poo t-on, -awn ]
/ noun ˈpʊtˌɒn, -ˌɔn; adjective ˈpʊtˈɒn, -ˈɔn /

noun Informal.

an act or instance of putting someone on.
a prank or pretense, especially one perpetrated or assumed in mock seriousness; hoax; spoof.
affected manner or behavior; pretentiousness.

adjective

assumed, feigned, pretended, or disguised: a put-on manner that didn't fool anyone.

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Origin of put-on

1855–60; adj., noun use of verb phrase put (someone) on

Definition for puton (2 of 2)

Origin of put

before 1000; Middle English put(t)en to push, thrust, put, Old English *putian (as verbal noun putung an impelling, inciting); akin to pytan, potian to push, goad, cognate with Old Norse pota to thrust, poke

synonym study for put

1. Put, place, lay, set mean to bring or take an object (or cause it to go) to a certain location or position, there to leave it. Put is the general word: to put the dishes on the table; to put one's hair up. Place is a more formal word, suggesting precision of movement or definiteness of location: He placed his hand on the Bible. Lay, meaning originally to cause to lie, and set, meaning originally to cause to sit, are used particularly to stress the position in which an object is put: lay usually suggests putting an object rather carefully into a horizontal position: to lay a pattern out on the floor. Set usually means to place upright: to set a child on a horse.

OTHER WORDS FROM put

well-put, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH put

put putt
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British Dictionary definitions for puton

put
/ (pʊt) /

verb puts, putting or put (mainly tr)

noun

a throw or cast, esp in putting the shot
Also called: put option stock exchange an option to sell a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified limited periodCompare call (def. 58)

Word Origin for put

C12 puten to push; related to Old English potian to push, Norwegian, Icelandic pota to poke
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Idioms and Phrases with puton

put

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