a soft, malleable, grayish-yellow paste, made from whiting and raw linseed oil, that hardens after a few hours and is used chiefly for sealing glass panes in wooden window frames.
any of a number of similar malleable substances used inside and outside buildings, e.g.,
plumber's putty, or used for modeling or casting.
a polishing powder, usually made from tin oxide, used in jewelry work.
(-ties, -tied) [tr.]
seal or cover (something) with putty.
(like) putty in someone's hands
be easily manipulated or dominated by someone.
ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from French potée, literally ‘potful,’ from pot ‘pot.’
, putti, sooty, tutti
•shufti • casualty • deputy
, cutty, gutty, nutty, puttee, putty, rutty, smutty
•bhakti • subtlety • humpty-dumpty
, busty, crusty, dusty, fusty, gusty, lusty, musty, rusty, trusty
•fealty • realty
•liberty • puberty
•Hecate • chocolatey • Cromarty
•commonalty • personalty • property
•carroty • guaranty • mayoralty
•warranty • admiralty • severalty
, Bertie, dirty, flirty, shirty, thirty
jeweller's polishing powder; plasterer's fine cement XVII; glazier's cement for fixing panes XVIII. — F. potée
potter's glaze, jeweller's putty, loam for moulds, orig. potful, f. pot POT
; see -Y5