Main definitions of putter in English

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putter1

noun

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

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

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

Pronunciation

putter

/ˈpədər//ˈpədər/

Main definitions of putter in English

: putter1putter2putter3

putter2

noun

  • The rapid intermittent sound of a small gasoline engine.

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

verb

  • Move with or make a rapid intermittent sound.

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

Origin

1940s: imitative.

Pronunciation

putter

/ˈpədər//ˈpədər/

Main definitions of putter in English

: putter1putter2putter3

putter3

(British potter)

verb

[NO OBJECT]North American
  • 1Occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks or not concentrating on anything particular.

    ‘early morning is the best time of the day to putter around in the garden’
    • ‘I rush upstairs, turn on the taps and potter about a bit in my dressing gown until the harsh, loud tone of the telephone interrupts me.’
    • ‘I used to love trotting out of a morning to potter about the wilderness in my gown and pyjamas, all unshaved and generally unkempt.’
    • ‘So will Marie now close the front door of her home and put on her slippers and potter about the house, now she has mornings on her hands.’
    • ‘We tracked down a house in Malvern where one of them used to live, then went to St Kilda Cemetery to potter about among the graves.’
    • ‘I sigh in exasperation when they putter around and block the aisles.’
    • ‘You can hike through the forest or along deserted beaches, or potter about in small boats or canoes.’
    • ‘With that she wandered back to the kitchen, leaving me to putter around with Robert's system.’
    • ‘Across the manicured yard a couple of workers putter around the porch.’
    • ‘The employees manning these centres are trained to remain unobtrusive and encourage the visitors to potter about, handling the products on display.’
    • ‘He is ‘not really into’ nightclubs and is looking for a quiet house ‘with a nice garden, somewhere to potter about like the old boy I am’.’
    • ‘Surely only childishness can induce you to putter around with a computer at a time-critical moment of family crisis, rather than dialing emergency services?’
    • ‘What that really means is that I'm going to potter about with my templates and make lots of unnecessary changes to indulge my need to do something other than study.’
    • ‘Instead, the rooftop gardener can putter around doing a little staking and tying here, a little dead-heading of flowers there.’
    • ‘He had more confidence to get about and could do a lot more - it allowed him to potter about in the house, in the garden and the greenhouse.’
    • ‘From April onwards, we potter about outside, spotting gaps where we might plant another beautiful specimen,’
    • ‘I have to have somewhere that I can potter about in - a sanctuary.’
    • ‘So the gang started puttering around with a car recovery system.’
    • ‘I putter around my house all night, taking out trash, yada yada.’
    • ‘Any chance of running some good projects for those of us who putter around in the basement during the winter months?’
    • ‘We'd putter around her apartment complex, meeting the same friends of hers that I met each time before.’
    1. 1.1with adverbial of direction Move or go in a casual, unhurried way.
      ‘the duck putters on the surface of the pond’
      • ‘I think it is likely to be all about exploration first, puttering around Lincolnshire in the little blue Ford.’
      • ‘Still we puttered on, with the driver himself stopping from time to time asking passers-by on the road, ‘Ashram?’’
      • ‘I was puttering along happily, doing about 28 mph.’
      • ‘After opening the funky present from his housemate Meg, he potters off to the shower.’
      • ‘I trudged to my distant little-green-car and puttered over to Kilbirnie, sun all golden and slanty at my back.’
      • ‘My parents, as they potter through Camberwell and snooty suburbs walking their dog, chat away with locals and the subject often comes up.’
      • ‘She potters from the gates of The House, in its evil-grey uniform, and peers up and down the street.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here he comes, puttering up in his little soapbox derby car with its duck horn.’
      • ‘She stood up once the van puttered away and walked back inside.’
      • ‘At the end I was ready to be alone for a while, so I walked down through the park to Haight Street and slowly puttered along all afternoon, shopping.’
      • ‘As you putter across the 200 yard channel in the old diesel ferry, the lines of pinpoint lights become knee-high lamps lining the stone pathways.’
      • ‘So they came and stayed for a little bit, and then puttered off again.’
      • ‘All was well, and we puttered down the street, at a snails pace (not quite literally) due to all the traffic.’
      • ‘People are just wandering to church in their purple nylon jackets, or pottering along in rackety Skodas.’
      • ‘Last night after I'd done some ferocious blogging and blog-surfing I began to potter home.’
      • ‘He putters to a piano whilst the band provide gentle harmonies around him.’
      • ‘A few minutes passed, and the shuttle puttered past most of the other vessels, who gave it readings and signals to verify its presence and crew.’
      • ‘And after a few pints, I've been known to potter home on it, slow and cautious and wobbly.’

Origin

Late 19th century (originally US): alteration of potter.

Pronunciation

putter

/ˈpədər//ˈpədər/