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put-put

[puht-puht, -puht] /ˈpʌtˈpʌt, -ˌpʌt/
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
1900-1905
1900-05; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for put-putting

put-put

/ˈpʌtˌpʌt/
noun
1.
a light chugging or popping sound, as made by a petrol engine
2.
a vehicle powered by an engine making such a sound
verb -puts, -putting, -putted
3.
(intransitive) to make or travel along with such a sound
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Word Origin and History for put-putting

put-put

indicating the sound of a muffled internal combustion engine, 1904, imitative.

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