Definition of phut in English:


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Pronunciation: /fʌt


Used to represent a dull abrupt sound as of a slight impact or explosion: thunderbolts go out, phut, like candles
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  • We've all been there - you've just spent the last five hours carefully crafting a document or article then phut!
  • Mind you, there is also the occasional phut, phut, phut to be heard.
  • With a phut from the silenced rifle, the 5.56 mm nano-shell entered through the Crab's eye.


late 19th century: perhaps from Hindi phaṭnā 'to burst'.


go phut

informal Fail to work properly or at all: when the boom went phut, traders were left with sky-high rents and no customers
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  • The engineer relayed this to his colleague as ‘It went phut!’
  • But the album never got to the stores last spring because 13 Amp went phut.
  • Each day I would hit the record button, capturing what was fast turning into a comic drama - like when the radios went phut before California, forcing us to land at a small town called Blythe.

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