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

  • n. One who puts.
  • n. A golf club specifically intended for a putt.
  • n. A person who is taking a putt or putting.
  • v. To be active, but not excessively busy, at a task or a series of tasks.

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

  • A variant of potter.
  • 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.

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)



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  • How did this word escape my list(s) for so long? ;-)

    July 20, 2007

  • to occupy oneself in a liesurely or inneffective manner

    July 20, 2007