noun, verb (used without object)
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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Related Words for putt-puttgenerator, tool, appliance, instrument, motor, weapon, transformer, diesel, turbine, cylinder, apparatus, means, pot, mechanism, fan, contrivance, agent, dynamo, barrel, implement
Examples from the Web for putt-putt
Historical Examples of putt-putt
Above the patter of the rain he heard the putt-putt of a motor launch.The Pagan Madonna
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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indicating the sound of a muffled internal combustion engine, 1904, imitative.
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