putter - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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/ˈpʌtə(r)/
present tense
I/you/we/theyputter
he/she/itputters
present participleputtering
past tenseputtered
past participleputtered
  1. 1
    if a machine putters, it makes a short quiet low sound when it is working at a slow speed

    I could hear a motorbike puttering in the distance.

  2. 2
    American informal to potter