[ puh-tee, poo-, puht-ee ]
/ pʌˈti, pʊ-, ˈpʌt i /
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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.
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Origin of puttee
1870–75; <Hindi paṭṭī bandage; akin to Sanskrit paṭṭa strip of cloth, bandage
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How to use puttee in a sentence
Would you kindly look in my unpainted tin-lined box and get me out a pair of khaki puttees.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie|George Brenton Laurie
How dreadfully these puttees and haversacks debase even the most beautiful figures.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
From his campaign hat to his polished puttees, he was new, new like the lately minted coin that has not long circulated.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
He wore tan boots and leather puttees, and carried a hunting crop in his hand.The Riddle of the Mysterious Light|Mary E. Hanshew
The trenches were a veritable Golgotha with skulls everywhere and dismembered legs still clad with puttees and boots.War in the Garden of Eden|Kermit Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for puttee
/ (ˈpʌtɪ) /
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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