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noun,plural put·ties.
  1. a compound of whiting and linseed oil, of a doughlike consistency when fresh, used to secure windowpanes, patch woodwork defects, etc.

  2. any of various other compounds used for similar purposes.

  1. any of various substances for sealing the joints of tubes or pipes, composed of linseed oil with red lead, white lead, iron oxide, etc.

  2. a creamy mixture of lime and water, partially dried and mixed with sand and plaster of Paris to make a finish plaster coat.

  3. any person or thing easily molded, influenced, etc.: We were putty in his hands.

  4. light brownish- or yellowish-gray.

verb (used with object),put·tied, put·ty·ing.
  1. to secure, cover, etc., with putty.

Idioms about putty

  1. up to putty, Australian Slang. worthless or useless.

Origin of putty

First recorded in 1625–35, putty is from the French word potée, literally, (something) potted. See pot1, -ee

Other words from putty

  • un·put·tied, adjective

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noun,plural put·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for putty


/ (ˈpʌtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a stiff paste made of whiting and linseed oil that is used to fix glass panes into frames and to fill cracks or holes in woodwork, etc

  2. any substance with a similar consistency, function, or appearance

  1. a mixture of lime and water with sand or plaster of Paris used on plaster as a finishing coat

  2. (as modifier): a putty knife

  3. a person who is easily influenced or persuaded: he's putty in her hands

    • a colour varying from a greyish-yellow to a greyish-brown or brownish-grey

    • (as adjective): putty-coloured

  4. up to putty Australian informal worthless or useless

verb-ties, -tying or -tied
  1. (tr) to fix, fill, or coat with putty

Origin of putty

C17: from French potée a potful

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