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[poo-toh; Italian poot-taw] /ˈpu toʊ; Italian ˈput tɔ/
noun, plural putti
[poo-tee; Italian poot-tee] /ˈpu ti; Italian ˈput ti/ (Show IPA).
Fine Arts.
a representation of a cherubic infant, often shown winged.
Origin of putto
1635-45; < Italian: literally, boy < Latin putus Unabridged
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  • The water was ultimately putto beneficial use but by means not nearly as efficient and effective.
  • It is necessary to prove that the well and therefore the water rights are being putto the use designated in the water rights.
  • As a result, these early models were little more than academic playthings which were seldom putto practical use.
  • And the more people you can putto work the better off the state is, obviously.
British Dictionary definitions for putto


noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ)
a representation of a small boy, a cherub or cupid, esp in baroque painting or sculpture See also amoretto
Word Origin
from Italian, from Latin putus boy
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