put-tied

putty

1 [puht-ee]
noun, plural putties.
1.
a compound of whiting and linseed oil, of a doughlike consistency when fresh, used to secure windowpanes, patch woodwork defects, etc.
2.
any of various other compounds used for similar purposes.
3.
any of various substances for sealing the joints of tubes or pipes, composed of linseed oil with red lead, white lead, iron oxide, etc.
4.
a creamy mixture of lime and water, partially dried and mixed with sand and plaster of Paris to make a finish plaster coat.
6.
any person or thing easily molded, influenced, etc.: We were putty in his hands.
7.
light brownish- or yellowish-gray.
verb (used with object), puttied, puttying.
8.
to secure, cover, etc., with putty.
Idioms
9.
up to putty, Australian Slang. worthless or useless.

Origin:
1625–35; < French potée, literally, (something) potted. See pot1, -ee

unputtied, adjective
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putty (ˈpʌtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a stiff paste made of whiting and linseed oil that is used to fix glass panes into frames and to fill cracks or holes in woodwork, etc
2.  any substance with a similar consistency, function, or appearance
3.  a mixture of lime and water with sand or plaster of Paris used on plaster as a finishing coat
4.  (as modifier): a putty knife
5.  See putty powder
6.  a person who is easily influenced or persuaded: he's putty in her hands
7.  a.  a colour varying from a greyish-yellow to a greyish-brown or brownish-grey
 b.  (as adjective): putty-coloured
8.  informal (Austral) up to putty worthless or useless
 
vb , -ties, -ties, -tying, -tied
9.  (tr) to fix, fill, or coat with putty
 
[C17: from French potée a potful]

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putty
1633, from Fr. potée "polishing powder" (12c.), originally "pot-full, contents of a pot," from O.Fr. pot "container" (see pot (1)). Meaning "soft mixture for sealing window panes" first recorded 1706. Fig. use in ref. to one easily influenced is from 1924.
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