putt-putt


Also found in: Idioms, Wikipedia.

putt-putt

also put-put  (pŭt′pŭt′)Informal
n.
1. A repeated or intermittent sound like that made by a small gasoline engine.
2. A small gasoline engine.
3. A vehicle, such as a boat, that is operated by a small gasoline engine.
intr.v. putt-put·ted, putt-put·ting, putt-putts or put-put·ted or put-put·ting or put-puts
1. To make a sound like that of a small gasoline engine.
2. To move while making such a sound.

[Imitative of a running engine.]
References in periodicals archive ?
Up and down Main Street, people are milling about, playing putt-putt, listening to live music, chatting over drinks and food.
John, or 'Messo' as he and other Messengers are known, cut his boating teeth as a two -year- old at the tiller of his dad's putt-putt, and spent his entire life on or near the water.
Next time he wants you to hang at his house on Friday night, ask if he'll join you at putt-putt with your crew instead.
The friends gathered at Imhoff's house, had lunch at Shari's Cafe and went to Eagle Crest for a round of putt-putt.
We are grateful to Tim Putt of Putt-Putt Puzzles who suggested this topic, and to the Farm Collector readers who shared their memories of the era.
Only two short pieces in this issue relate to my old performance beat--Ann on Club 57 and John Hagan on John Jesurun's fabled "living film serial," "Chang in a Void Moon." Both were gone before I started writing, but I do remember looking at Club 57 calendars that listed some new event for every day--from Putt-Putt Reggae Night to Model World of Glue Night to Elvis Memorial Night.
How about a small putt-putt type golf course on Tonawanda Island to attract families?
Marketing and tourism officials on Mississippi's coast don't ask people to travel for their top-of-the-line putt-putt courses, or even golf courses.
“Each participant made a donation to play basketball free throw, a putt-putt hole-in-one, beanbag toss, or Bingo,” said Alicia Benthem, Accretive Health human resources manager.
NORTON -- Tiger Woods played Putt-Putt golf last week with his 7-year-old daughter Sam and 5-year-old son Charlie while vacationing with his girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn.
Volunteers worked to transform those three blocks into a vibrant, walkable, bikable community, including popup shops, a popup putt-putt course, a popup children's library, bike lanes, park benches, trees and a beer garden, to name a few elements.
Previously, we've wailed against the lockout of family-level recreational fishing as well as the suggested network of "creep zones" where not even putt-putt movement would be allowed.