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putter 1

Line breaks: put¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌtə/

noun

1A golf club designed for use in putting, typically with a flat-faced mallet-like head.
Example sentences
  • 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 their skill at putting: you’ll need to be a good putter to break par
More example sentences
  • 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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putter 2 Line breaks: put¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌtə/

noun

The rapid intermittent sound of a small petrol engine: the putter of an old aeroplane
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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.

verb

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Move with or make a puttering sound: barges puttered slowly through the water
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  • 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.
  • The conversation slowly puttered back, like a stalling car, and we were cruising again.
  • There is a long road ahead to be sure, but the Carly Fiorina engine which many expected to backfire seems to be puttering along okay.

Origin

1940s: imitative.

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putter 3 Line breaks: put¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌtə/

verb

North American term for potter1.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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