Definition of put-put in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌtpʌt/

noun& verb

Another term for putter2.
Example sentences
  • Five minutes pass and a Thai long-tail fishing boat put-puts into view.
  • As the machine put-putted, the lights came on gradually.
  • Mr Sportage seemed to run out of puff after that, and by comparison put-putted the last 15 minutes before home.


Early 20th century: imitative.

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