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Definition of "putty" [put•ty]

  • A doughlike cement made by mixing whiting and linseed oil, used to fill holes in woodwork and secure panes of glass. (noun)
  • A substance with a similar consistency or function. (noun)
  • A fine lime cement used as a finishing coat on plaster. (noun)
  • A yellowish or light brownish gray to grayish yellow or light grayish brown. (noun)
  • To fill, cover, or secure with putty. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "putty" in a sentence
  • ""I reckon that's what I call putty good," said the scout, a smile creeping over his bronzed face."
  • "It was called Rayedit (designed by Raytheon, the makers of the Patriot missile!), and it featured hulking cathode ray tubes sheathed in putty-colored metal and keyboards the size of Samsonite suitcases."
  • "Buy something in each store so that the final price of poster putty is 1.65 plus $20 for each store visited - bonus if the number exceeds three."