Definition of putt-putt in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpətˌpət/
(also put-put)


The rapid intermittent sound of a small gasoline engine: she heard the putt-putt of a boat coming toward them
More example sentences
  • She doesn't hear the putt-putt of the moped as it approaches.
  • For such a big machine, it made an incredibly gentle noise, the calming putt-putt of an outboard engine on a small boat.
  • Elsewhere, the delightful putt-putt sounds of fishing traffic off Vancouver Island sidle up alongside the Pärt and Ligeti and early Floyd influences.


[no object]
Make a rapid intermittent sound: the machine gun putt-putted behind me
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  • They were plunging feet-first toward a little motorboat putt-putting across the ocean.
  • It started to sputter and putt-putt and just as I reached my friends' garage door, it died.


Early 20th century: imitative.

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Syllabification: putt-putt

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