verb (used with or without object)

to strike (the ball) gently so as to make it roll along the green into the hole.


an act of putting.
a stroke made in putting.

Origin of putt

1735–45; orig. Scots, variant of put
Can be confusedput putt (see synonym study at put)
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Related Words for putt

chaps, puttees, buskins

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British Dictionary definitions for putt



a stroke on the green with a putter to roll the ball into or near the hole


to strike (the ball) in this way

Word Origin for putt

C16: of Scottish origin; related to put
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Word Origin and History for putt

1510s, Scottish, "to push, shove," a special use and pronunciation of put (v.). Golfing sense is from 1743. Meaning "to throw" (a stone, as a demonstration of strength) is from 1724; this also is the putt in shot putting. Related: Putted; putting.


c.1300, "a putting, pushing, shoving, thrusting," special use and pronunciation of put (n.). Golfing sense is from 1743.

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