Definition of phut-phut in US English:

phut-phut

(also phutt-phutt)

verb

  • no object To make intermittent muffled explosive sounds like a small internal-combustion engine; to move with such a noise.

exclamation

  • Representing an intermittent or repeated dull, usually plosive sound, especially that characteristic of an internal-combustion engine.

noun

  • 1An intermittent or repeated dull, usually plosive sound, especially the sound characteristic of an internal-combustion engine.

  • 2= phutphuti. Now chiefly Indian English.

Origin

1930s. Reduplication of phut. Compare earlier phut-phut, phut-phut, put-put<br>early 20th century; earliest use found in The Living Age. Reduplication of phut.

Pronunciation

phut-phut

/ˌfʌtˈfʌt/