American English

Definition of putty noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • a soft sticky substance that becomes hard when it is dry and that is used for fastening glass into window frames He looked very ill and his face was the color of putty (= gray).
  • Idioms
    (like) putty in somebody's hands
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    easily controlled or influenced by another person She'll persuade him. He's like putty in her hands.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: putty