- 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(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. Word Origin verb sense 1 1940s: imitative. verb sense 2 late 19th cent.: alteration.
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//