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 (pŭ-tē′, pŭt′ē)
n. often puttees
1. A strip of cloth wound spirally around the leg from ankle to knee.
2. A gaiter covering the lower leg.

[Hindi paṭṭī, from Sanskrit paṭṭikā, from paṭṭakaḥ, bandage, ribbon, from paṭṭaḥ, strip of cloth.]


(ˈpʌtɪ) or


n, pl -tees or -ties
(Clothing & Fashion) (usually plural) a strip of cloth worn wound around the legs from the ankle to the knee, esp as part of a military uniform in World War I
[C19: from Hindi pattī, from Sanskrit pattikā, from patta cloth]


or put•ty

(pʌˈti, pʊ-, ˈpʌt i)

n., pl. -tees or -ties.
1. a long strip of cloth wound round the lower leg, often as part of a soldier's uniform.
2. a gaiter or legging of leather or other material, as worn by soldiers, riders, etc.
[1870–75; < Hindi paṭṭī bandage; akin to Skt paṭṭa strip of cloth, bandage]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puttee - a strip of cloth wound around the leg to form leggingputtee - a strip of cloth wound around the leg to form legging; used by soldiers in World War I
leg covering, legging, leging - a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)


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When Perry was rested we returned to the prospector, where he fitted himself out fully like a civilized human being--under-clothing, socks, shoes, khaki jacket and breeches and good, substantial puttees.
For one reason; Farag, the kennel huntsman, in khaki and puttees, would obey nothing under the rank of an Excellency, and the hounds would obey no one but Farag; for another, the best way of estimating crop returns and revenue was by riding straight to hounds; for a third, though Judges down the river issued signed and sealed land-titles to all lawful owners, yet public opinion along the river never held any such title valid till it had been confirmed, according to precedent, by the Governor's hunting crop in the hunting field, above the wilfully neglected earth.
Farag, in loose, flowing garments, quite unlike a kennel huntsman's khaki and puttees, leaned against the wall of his uncle's house.
He stood there, in Norfolk jacket, pigskin puttees, and all the rest of the fashionable get-up out of a bandbox, sneering at me covered with filth and grease to the eyebrows and looking like a navvy.
He did not note the money-lender on his goose-rumped pony, hastening along to collect the cruel interest; or the long-shouting, deep-voiced little mob -still in military formation - of native soldiers on leave, rejoicing to be rid of their breeches and puttees, and saying the most outrageous things to the most respectable women in sight.
Harriwell pitched in and compounded for him; but before he could drink it, a man in riding trousers and puttees entered.
Raffles smiled as he secured a regular puttee of dust-sheeting.
We have learnt to go for four or even six days without washing, without taking off cumbrous and fairly heavy equipment, without taking off boots or puttees and without sleeping except for three or four hours a night which a couple of hours on sentry and six or seven hours on the defences leave you.
It had been snowing for a few days and he thought the men would be better off without their puttees when moving about in the snow.
So Frost is the only memoirist among the Blue Puttees who survived the whole of the war.
Turrall dragged the officer into a shell hole, bandaging his leg with one of his puttees, and used part of his entrenching tool as a splint.
This event was followed some weeks later with the arrival of strange-looking soldiers in dun-colored uniforms with puttees wrapped around the legs from ankle to knee.