Definition of phut in English:



  • 1Used to represent a sound such as that made by the passage of a bullet or that of a small, muffled explosion:

    ‘Phut! Up went the Roman candles, like distress flares’
    • ‘With a phut from the silenced rifle, the 5.56 mm nano-shell entered through the Crab's eye.’
    • ‘Mind you, there is also the occasional phut, phut, phut to be heard.’
    1. 1.1 Used to convey the suddenness of a malfunction, disappearance, ending, etc.:
      ‘we've all been there—you've just spent the last five hours carefully crafting a document and then, phut!’


Late 19th century: imitative.