There are 3 definitions of putter in English:

putter1

Syllabification: put·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpətər
 
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noun

  • 1A golf club designed for use in putting, typically with a flat-faced malletlike head.
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    • 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.
    • Second, he imagines that the putter shaft is a giant pencil.
  • 2 [with adjective] A golfer considered in terms of putting ability: you’ll need to be a good putter to break par
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    • The polish to being a good putter comes from having a regular putting routine.
    • You probably are not a very good putter unless you have a really good attitude.
    • Once he becomes a better putter, there will be no stopping him.

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There are 3 definitions of putter in English:

putter2

Syllabification: put·ter
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈpətər/

noun & verb

  • another term for putt-putt.
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    • 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.

Origin

1940s: imitative.

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putter3

Syllabification: put·ter
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈpətər/
(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
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    • 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.
    • 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’.
    • The employees manning these centres are trained to remain unobtrusive and encourage the visitors to potter about, handling the products on display.
  • 1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Move or go in a casual, unhurried way: the duck putters on the surface of the pond
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    • She stood up once the van puttered away and walked back inside.
    • Here he comes, puttering up in his little soapbox derby car with its duck horn.
    • My parents, as they potter through Camberwell and snooty suburbs walking their dog, chat away with locals and the subject often comes up.

Derivatives

putterer

noun
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  • He doesn't go far, a bit of a potterer if you like.
  • I have no chance of getting an allotment, but I'm more of a potterer than a digger, so that doesn't bother me.
  • I've never been much of a potterer but I've done some amount of pottering about over the last few days!

Origin

late 19th century (originally US): alteration of potter1.

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