[ puh-tee, poo-, puht-ee ]
/ pʌˈti, pʊ-, ˈpʌt i /


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.


Nearby words

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

Also putty, puttie.

Origin of puttee

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

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British Dictionary definitions for puttees



/ (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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Word Origin and History for puttees



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

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