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[puht] /pʌt/ Golf.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to strike (the ball) gently so as to make it roll along the green into the hole.
an act of putting.
a stroke made in putting.
Origin of putt
1735-45; orig. Scots, variant of put
Can be confused
put, putt (see synonym study at put) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for putt
  • Nature doesn't putt around the phase space at random.
  • They were let down quickly, when a par putt lipped out on the opening hole.
  • The same thing happened to a birdie putt on the second hole.
  • It could come down to the final putt on the final hole.
  • She missed the putt, but tapped in for birdie, then threw her fist in the air in celebration.
  • He made every putt he needed to and avoided the big number that sometimes creeps into his game on the weekend.
  • He buried the putt to qualify for a paycheck this weekend.
British Dictionary definitions for putt


a stroke on the green with a putter to roll the ball into or near the hole
to strike (the ball) in this way
Word Origin
C16: of Scottish origin; related to put
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Word Origin and History for putt

1510s, Scottish, "to push, shove," a special use and pronunciation of put (v.). Golfing sense is from 1743. Meaning "to throw" (a stone, as a demonstration of strength) is from 1724; this also is the putt in shot putting. Related: Putted; putting.


c.1300, "a putting, pushing, shoving, thrusting," special use and pronunciation of put (n.). Golfing sense is from 1743.

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