verb (used without object)
to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner: to putter in the garden.
to move or go in a specified manner with ineffective action or little energy or purpose: to putter about the house on a rainy day.
to move or go slowly or aimlessly; loiter.
Verb phrases 4.
puttering or ineffective action; dawdling.
5. putter away,
to spend or fill in a random
, inconsequential, or unproductive way; fritter away; waste: We puttered the morning away.
Also, especially British, potter.
Origin: 1875–80; Related forms
variant of potter2