[puh-tee, poo-, puht-ee]


a long strip of cloth wound spirally round the leg from ankle to knee, worn especially formerly as part of a soldier's uniform.
a gaiter or legging of leather or other material, as worn by soldiers, riders, etc.

Also putty, puttie.

Origin of puttee

1870–75; < Hindi paṭṭī bandage; akin to Sanskrit paṭṭa strip of cloth, bandage
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Related Words for puttee

chaps, buskins

Examples from the Web for puttee

Historical Examples of puttee

  • He slid the pencil down into his puttee and stood up, bowing.

  • I took off the puttee, rolled up his trousers, and discovered no sign of a wound.

  • “Dunno,” McGee answered, looking at the puttee roll in his hand.

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  • Mrs. Puttee and her eldest son saw me off at Euston Station.

  • I was overjoyed, as the hospital was very near Southall, and Mr. and Mrs. Puttee were both there to meet me.

British Dictionary definitions for puttee



noun plural -tees or -ties

(usually plural) a strip of cloth worn wound around the legs from the ankle to the knee, esp as part of a military uniform in World War I

Word Origin for puttee

C19: from Hindi pattī, from Sanskrit pattikā, from patta cloth
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Word Origin and History for puttee

1875, from Hindi patti "band, bandage," from Sanskrit pattah "strip of cloth."

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