[ puht-puht, -puht ]
/ ˈpʌtˈpʌt, -ˌpʌt /

noun, verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. putrilage,
  2. putrilaginous,
  3. putsch,
  4. putschist,
  5. putt,
  6. puttee,
  7. putter,
  8. putti,
  9. putti-platt operation,
  10. puttie


or putt-putt

[ puht-puht, -puht ]
/ ˈpʌtˈpʌt, -ˌpʌt /


the sound made by a small internal-combustion engine or imitative of its operation.
Informal. a small internal-combustion engine, or something, as a boat or model airplane, equipped with one: the sound of distant put-puts on the lake.

verb (used without object), put-put·ted, put-put·ting.

Informal. to operate with sounds suggesting a put-put, as a small motor or motor-driven device.

Origin of put-put

First recorded in 1900–05; imitative

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Examples from the Web for putt-putt

  • Above the patter of the rain he heard the putt-putt of a motor launch.

    The Pagan Madonna|Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for putt-putt


/ (ˈpʌtˌpʌt) informal /


a light chugging or popping sound, as made by a petrol engine
a vehicle powered by an engine making such a sound

verb -puts, -putting or -putted

(intr) to make or travel along with such a sound
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Word Origin and History for putt-putt


indicating the sound of a muffled internal combustion engine, 1904, imitative.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper