I. noun (plural putties) Etymology: French potée potter's glaze, literally, potful, from Old French, from pot pot — more at pottage Date: circa 1706 1. a. a doughlike material typically made of whiting and linseed oil that is used especially to fasten glass in window frames and to fill crevices in woodwork b. any of various substances resembling putty in appearance, consistency, or use 2. a light brownish-gray to light grayish-brown color 3. one who is easily manipulated <
is putty in her hands
puttyless adjectiveputtylike adjective II. transitive verb (puttied; puttying) Date: 1734 to use putty on or apply putty to

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