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Meaning of put-put

put-put

Pronunciation: (put'put', -put"), [key]
— n., v., -put•ted, -put•ting.
—n.
  1. the sound made by a small internal-combustion engine or imitative of its operation.
  2. a small internal-combustion engine, or something, as a boat or model airplane, equipped with one: the sound of distant put-puts on the lake.
—v.i.
  1. to operate with sounds suggesting a put-put, as a small motor or motor-driven device.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.