Definition of putter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    putter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌtər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they putter
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌtər//
     
    he / she / it putters
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌtəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌtərz//
     
    past simple puttered
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌtərd//
     
    past participle puttered
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌtərd//
     
    -ing form puttering
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌtərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌtərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a boat or vehicle) to make a repeated low sound as it moves slowly the puttering of the engine as it reduced speed
  2. 2(North American English) (British English potter) [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to do things or move without hurrying, especially when you are doing something that you enjoy and that is not important I spent the morning puttering around the house.
  3. Word Origin verb sense 1 1940s: imitative. verb sense 2 late 19th cent.: alteration.
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