Main definitions of putter in English

: putter1putter2putter3

putter1

noun

  • 1A golf club designed for use in putting, typically with a flat-faced mallet-like head.

    • ‘I swing the putter at the same pace back and through to control the speed.’
    • ‘Second, he imagines that the putter shaft is a giant pencil.’
    • ‘Don't worry about aim or how you're gripping the putter, just focus on distance.’
    • ‘To use the long putter, place the top of the grip against your sternum with your left hand.’
    • ‘But when I go with the belly putter, everything seems to be right.’
  • 2with adjective A golfer considered in terms of their skill at putting.

    ‘you'll need to be a good putter to break par’
    • ‘Because he thinks that way, he's able to be a great putter.’
    • ‘She was a poor putter but still won 82 tournaments.’
    • ‘Once he becomes a better putter, there will be no stopping him.’
    • ‘You probably are not a very good putter unless you have a really good attitude.’
    • ‘The polish to being a good putter comes from having a regular putting routine.’

Pronunciation

putter

/ˈpʌtə/

Main definitions of putter in English

: putter1putter2putter3

putter2

noun

  • The rapid intermittent sound of a small petrol engine.

    ‘the putter of an old aeroplane’
    • ‘Then we climb back into our SUVs and putter away.’
    • ‘We puttered our way along up Haight St., browsed in Booksmith (excellent bookstore) and then walked back to the car via the rose garden.’
    • ‘Jun summed it up after we puttered around a while together and then came home.’
    • ‘We chatted as the train puttered up into some of the most impressive mountains I'd ever seen.’
    • ‘We haul our camera and camping gear, all 600 pounds of it, onto a tiny rubber dinghy and putter out to his boat.’
    • ‘I had a great time in San Francisco puttering around with Jish.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Move with or make a puttering sound.

    ‘barges puttered slowly through the water’
    • ‘He puttered towards the Kilo and spun the wheel quickly to the right, then cut the engines.’
    • ‘During that time, Mark puttered in the engine room, tinkering, and just in general keeping an eye on things.’
    • ‘She was puttering around in the kitchen when she heard the faint rumble of the fan kicking on.’
    • ‘I was puttering along happily, doing about 28 mph.’
    • ‘The sisters spend their days doing little more than puttering in the garden and bickering over dinner.’
    • ‘There is a long road ahead to be sure, but the Carly Fiorina engine which many expected to backfire seems to be puttering along okay.’
    • ‘She could hear her mother puttering around in the kitchen, preparing dinner.’
    • ‘I've had a grand week off, puttering about here and there, catching up on some sleep, and some reading.’
    • ‘In the background, a little boy was puttering around, curious but embarrassed.’
    • ‘A tourist boat putters by in the canal; the sails of the huge windmill overhead cast long, cool shadows across the road.’
    • ‘The silvery Tay turns out to be a dirty brown and the city's Stalinesque tower blocks dominate the skyline as the train putters in from the south.’
    • ‘The conversation slowly puttered back, like a stalling car, and we were cruising again.’
    • ‘There was no familiar puttering sound of a car, which held a boy that couldn't help but hold a spell over me.’
    • ‘A fishing boat puttered and faded a couple of miles away.’
    • ‘A small fishing boat putters forth, ‘manned’ by two old women wearing black.’
    • ‘He putters to a piano whilst the band provide gentle harmonies around him.’
    • ‘Entering the house, I passed the kitchen where I could hear my mum puttering around.’
    • ‘By the time we putter slowly down the Sound of Jura, the clouds have cleared and the day has revealed itself to be a classic.’
    • ‘The four-speed gearbox had a very low first gear, allowing a farmer to putter along at walking pace behind stock.’
    • ‘I think it is likely to be all about exploration first, puttering around Lincolnshire in the little blue Ford.’

Origin

1940s: imitative.

Pronunciation

putter

/ˈpʌtə/

Main definitions of putter in English

: putter1putter2putter3

putter3

verb

  • North American term for potter

Pronunciation

putter

/ˈpʌtə/