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putter

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[ puht-er ]
/ ˈpʌt ər /
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verb (used without object)

to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner: to putter in the garden.
to move or go in a specified manner with ineffective action or little energy or purpose: to putter about the house on a rainy day.
to move or go slowly or aimlessly; loiter.

noun

puttering or ineffective action; dawdling.

Verb Phrases

putter away, to spend or fill in a random, inconsequential, or unproductive way; fritter away; waste: We puttered the morning away.

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Also especially British, potter.

Origin of putter

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First recorded in 1825–30; variant of potter2

OTHER WORDS FROM putter

put·ter·er, nounput·ter·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for putter (2 of 3)

putter2
[ puht-er ]
/ ˈpʌt ər /

noun Golf.

a person who putts.
a club with a relatively short, stiff shaft and a wooden or iron head, used in putting.

Origin of putter

2
First recorded in 1740–50; putt + -er1

Definition for putter (3 of 3)

putter3
[ poot-er ]
/ ˈpʊt ər /

noun

a person or thing that puts.
Track. a shot-putter.

Origin of putter

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First recorded in 1570–90; put + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for putter (1 of 3)

putter1
/ (ˈpʌtə) /

noun golf

a club for putting, usually having a solid metal head
a golfer who putts

British Dictionary definitions for putter (2 of 3)

putter2
/ (ˈpʌtə) US and Canadian /

verb

(intr; often foll by about or around) to busy oneself in a desultory though agreeable manner
(intr; often foll by along or about) to move with little energy or directionto putter about town
(tr usually foll by away) to waste (time)

noun

the act of puttering
Equivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries): potter

Word Origin for putter

C16 (in the sense: to poke repeatedly): from Old English potian to thrust; see put

British Dictionary definitions for putter (3 of 3)

putter3
/ (ˈpʊtə) /

noun

a person who putsthe putter of a question
a person who puts the shot
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