n. pl. put·ties
a. A doughlike cement made by mixing whiting and linseed oil, used to fill holes in woodwork and secure panes of glass.
b. A substance with a similar consistency or function.
2. A fine lime cement used as a finishing coat on plaster.
3. A yellowish or light brownish gray to grayish yellow or light grayish brown.
tr.v. put·tied, put·ty·ing, put·ties
To fill, cover, or secure with putty.
[French potée, polishing powder, from Old French, a potful, from pot, pot, from Vulgar Latin *pottus.]
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