Definition of putty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpʌti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌti//
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  • a soft sticky substance that becomes hard when it is dry and that is used for fixing glass into window frames He looked very ill and his face was the colour of putty (= grey).
  • Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French potée, literally ‘potful’, from pot ‘pot’.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 American Dictionary entry: putty