- 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.
- puttering or ineffective action; dawdling.
- putter away, to spend or fill in a random, inconsequential, or unproductive way; fritter away; waste: We puttered the morning away.
Origin of putter1
Related Words for putteredloiter, niggle, poke, mess, doodle, puddle, tinker, fiddle, fritter, potter
Examples from the Web for puttered
Historical Examples of puttered
Susan puttered about for a few minutes longer, then crossed to the reception room, intending to go up-stairs.The Million Dollar Mystery
Joe returned to the house, and puttered around until supper was ready.The Ranche on the Oxhide
Mrs. Lear did not follow them upstairs immediately, but puttered about the kitchen preparing herself a midnight snack.Hoofbeats on the Turnpike
Mildred A. Wirt
Nurse Nannie puttered about the room for some time, picking up things, and laying out the girls' clothes for the next day.Marjorie at Seacote
Instead of the usual two-hour run to Southampton, we puttered along and did not arrive until after one.A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium
- a club for putting, usually having a solid metal head
- a golfer who putts
- (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)
- the act of puttering
Word Origin for putter
- a person who putsthe putter of a question
- a person who puts the shot
"keep busy in a rather useless way," 1841, originally among farmers, alteration of potter (v.). Related: Puttered; puttering.