put-put

put-put

[puht-puht, -puht]
noun
1.
the sound made by a small internal-combustion engine or imitative of its operation.
2.
Informal. a small internal-combustion engine, or something, as a boat or model airplane, equipped with one: the sound of distant put-puts on the lake.
verb (used without object), put-putted, put-putting.
3.
Informal. to operate with sounds suggesting a put-put, as a small motor or motor-driven device.
Also, putt-putt.


Origin:
1900–05; imitative

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put-put (ˈpʌtˌpʌt)
 
n
1.  a light chugging or popping sound, as made by a petrol engine
2.  a vehicle powered by an engine making such a sound
 
vb , -puts, -putting, -putted
3.  (intr) to make or travel along with such a sound

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