from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short golf club used for putting.
- n. A golfer who is putting.
- intransitive v. To occupy oneself in an aimless or ineffective manner.
- transitive v. To waste (time) in idling: puttered away the hours in the garden.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be active, but not excessively busy, at a task or a series of tasks.
- n. One who puts.
- n. A golf club specifically intended for a putt.
- n. A person who is taking a putt or putting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who puts or plates.
- n. Specifically, one who pushes the small wagons in a coal mine, and the like.
- n. A club with a short shaft and either a wooden or a metal head, used in putting.
- n. One who putts.
- intransitive v. To act inefficiently or idly; to occupy oneself in a liesurely manner; to trifle; to potter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who puts or places: as, a putter of obstacles in one's way.
- n. One who puts or hauls coal from the place where it is mined to the point from which it is raised to the surface; one who transports coal on any underground road. Also called haulier, drawer, and trammer.
- n. One who puts or throws, especially a stone: as, he is but a poor putter.
- n. (put′ ėr). In golf-playing, a club with a stiff and comparatively short shaft, generally used when the ball is on the putting-green.
- n. One who puts or places something on something else.
- A variant of potter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
- v. work lightly
- n. the iron normally used on the putting green
- n. a golfer who is putting
- v. move around aimlessly
Probably alteration of potter, probably frequentative of Middle English poten, to poke, push, from Old English potian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of potter (Wiktionary)
put + -er (Wiktionary)
putt + -er (Wiktionary)