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.

    • ‘Second, he imagines that the putter shaft is a giant pencil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I swing the putter at the same pace back and through to control the speed.’
    • ‘Don't worry about aim or how you're gripping the putter, just focus on distance.’
  • 2[with adjective] A golfer considered in terms of putting ability.

    ‘you'll need to be a good putter to break par’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was a poor putter but still won 82 tournaments.’
    • ‘Because he thinks that way, he's able to be a great putter.’
    • ‘Once he becomes a better putter, there will be no stopping him.’

Pronunciation

putter

/ˈpədər/

Main definitions of putter in English

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putter2

noun

  • The rapid intermittent sound of a small gasoline engine.

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

verb

  • Move with or make a rapid intermittent sound.

Origin

1940s: imitative.

Pronunciation

putter

/ˈpədər/

Main definitions of putter in English

: putter1putter2putter3

putter3

(British potter)

verb

[NO OBJECT]North American
  • 1 Occupy 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’
    • ‘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 putter around my house all night, taking out trash, yada yada.’
    • ‘The employees manning these centres are trained to remain unobtrusive and encourage the visitors to potter about, handling the products on display.’
    • ‘Any chance of running some good projects for those of us who putter around in the basement during the winter months?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, the rooftop gardener can putter around doing a little staking and tying here, a little dead-heading of flowers there.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Across the manicured yard a couple of workers putter around the porch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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 sigh in exasperation when they putter around and block the aisles.’
    • ‘I used to love trotting out of a morning to potter about the wilderness in my gown and pyjamas, all unshaved and generally unkempt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So the gang started puttering around with a car recovery system.’
    • ‘We'd putter around her apartment complex, meeting the same friends of hers that I met each time before.’
    • ‘I have to have somewhere that I can potter about in - a sanctuary.’
    • ‘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.’
    do nothing much, amuse oneself, tinker about, tinker around, fiddle about, fiddle around, footle about, footle around, do odd jobs
    mess about, mess around, piddle about, piddle around, puddle about, puddle around
    muck about, muck around, fanny about, fanny around
    putter about, putter around, lollygag
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    1. 1.1[with adverbial of direction] Move or go in a casual, unhurried way.
      ‘the duck putters on the surface of the pond’
      • ‘She potters from the gates of The House, in its evil-grey uniform, and peers up and down the street.’
      • ‘All was well, and we puttered down the street, at a snails pace (not quite literally) due to all the traffic.’
      • ‘And after a few pints, I've been known to potter home on it, slow and cautious and wobbly.’
      • ‘Still we puttered on, with the driver himself stopping from time to time asking passers-by on the road, ‘Ashram?’’
      • ‘Here he comes, puttering up in his little soapbox derby car with its duck horn.’
      • ‘So they came and stayed for a little bit, and then puttered off again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think it is likely to be all about exploration first, puttering around Lincolnshire in the little blue Ford.’
      • ‘She stood up once the van puttered away and walked back inside.’
      • ‘Last night after I'd done some ferocious blogging and blog-surfing I began to potter home.’
      • ‘After opening the funky present from his housemate Meg, he potters off to the shower.’
      • ‘People are just wandering to church in their purple nylon jackets, or pottering along in rackety Skodas.’
      • ‘My parents, as they potter through Camberwell and snooty suburbs walking their dog, chat away with locals and the subject often comes up.’
      • ‘I was puttering along happily, doing about 28 mph.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I trudged to my distant little-green-car and puttered over to Kilbirnie, sun all golden and slanty at my back.’
      amble, wander, meander, stroll, saunter, maunder
      mosey, tootle, toddle
      mooch, bimble
      putter
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

putter

/ˈpədər/