[puht-er] /ˈpʌt ər/
verb (used without object)
to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner:
to putter in the garden.
to move or go in a specified manner with ineffective action or little energy or purpose:
to putter about the house on a rainy day.
to move or go slowly or aimlessly; loiter.
puttering or ineffective action; dawdling.
putter away, to spend or fill in a random, inconsequential, or unproductive way; fritter away; waste:
We puttered the morning away.
a club for putting, usually having a solid metal head
a golfer who putts
(intransitive;often foll by about or around) to busy oneself in a desultory though agreeable manner
(intransitive;often foll by along or about) to move with little energy or direction: to putter about town
(transitive) usually foll by away. to waste (time)
the act of puttering
a person who puts: the putter of a question
a person who puts the shot
“keep busy in a rather useless way,” 1841, originally among farmers, alteration of potter (v.). Related: Puttered; puttering.
late 14c., “beast that pushes with the head,” agent noun from put (v.). As a type of golf club used in putting, from 1743; see putt (v.).
noun A procrastinator: No, admitted Franklin Roosevelt, as weakly as any putter-offer [1940s+; found as putter-off by 1803]
- Put that in your pipe and smoke it
sentence Take that: I’m not going. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Take that information and give it some thought, as in I’m quitting at the end of the week—put that in your pipe and smoke it. This term alludes to the thoughtful appearance of many pipe smokers. [ ; early 1800s ]
- Put the arm on someone
- Put the bite on someone