[puht-puht, -puht] /ˈpʌtˈpʌt, -ˌpʌt/

noun, verb (used without object)
[puht-puht, -puht] /ˈpʌtˈpʌt, -ˌpʌt/
the sound made by a small internal-combustion engine or imitative of its operation.
Informal. a small internal-combustion engine, or something, as a boat or model airplane, equipped with one:
the sound of distant put-puts on the lake.
verb (used without object), put-putted, put-putting.
Informal. to operate with sounds suggesting a put-put, as a small motor or motor-driven device.
a light chugging or popping sound, as made by a petrol engine
a vehicle powered by an engine making such a sound
verb -puts, -putting, -putted
(intransitive) to make or travel along with such a sound

miniature golf
Usage Note

also verb ‘to play miniature golf’

indicating the sound of a muffled internal combustion engine, 1904, imitative.



: We’ll putt-putt over to the island

[1905+; fr the sound of a two-cycle engine]


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