Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A small gasoline engine.
  • n. Slang A vehicle, such as a boat, that is operated by a small gasoline engine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small gasoline engine (as on motor boat)

Etymologies

Imitative of a running engine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • (* Kudos are redeemable for Fun-Bux, which are redeemable for gold stars, which can be redeemed for 1/2 off a frozen yogurt at your local put-put golf establishment)

    I Love To Be Wrong

  • Obviously it meanders at a slow pace to some second rate put-put golf course.

    BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz?

  • Unable to find the press staff, hungry, and clearly too early for the story, your correspondent ducked out and strolled along the nearby San Antonio Riverwalk, a parallel reality with little put-put tourist boats going by where nobody seemed aware that a presidential candidate was about to stop nearby (and nor was anyone there campaigning to rope them in).

    Al Giordano: Dueling San Antonio Rallies Point to a Caucus Stampede on Tuesday

  • Then explain to me how a put-put golf company operates.

    They say you should never mix business with pleasure. Really. Then explain to me how a put-put golf company operates.

  • When I was an associate pastor in Eugene, Oregon, I was a children's pastor mainly, and yes, I did wear jeans and a t-shirts for VBS and for trips to the local put-put.

    PeaceBang's Friendly Nemesis (Part I In a Series)

  • Not an explicit back-room conspiracy though the tech world has its share of those, but rather, an emergent conspiracy of risk-aversion and overstuffed comfort that has turned our once-heroic, envelope-pushing defenders into a race of cowardly, timid toymakers whose wares put-put along alongside of the roaring engines of progress in the world of general-purpose computers and networks...

    B2fxxx

  • In the distance Brennerman could hear the put-put of an approaching helicopter.

    Fatal Care

  • The distinctive put-put sound of an approaching helicopter.

    Fatal Care

  • They began to put-put everything together for -- for January.

    Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

  • Its silence was broken and yet at the same time strangely accentuated by the steady put-put of Getulio's outboard motor, an invader in an alien world where anything might lurk.

    River Of Desire

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