puttee


puttee
/pu tee", poo-, put"ee/, n.
1. a long strip of cloth wound spirally round the leg from ankle to knee, worn esp. formerly as part of a soldier's uniform.
2. a gaiter or legging of leather or other material, as worn by soldiers, riders, etc.
Also, putty, puttie.
[1870-75; < Hindi patti bandage; akin to Skt patta strip of cloth, bandage]

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 covering for the lower leg consisting of a cloth or leather legging held on by straps or laces or a cloth strip wound spirally around the leg. In ancient Greece a type of puttee was worn by working-class men, who wrapped irregular linen straps around their legs. The word puttee, however, is derived from the Hindu patti, meaning “bandage” or “strip of cloth.” Such puttees were first worn by members of the Anglo-Indian army in the late 19th century. During World War I they were worn by U.S. and British infantrymen.

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  • Puttee — Put tee, [Hind. pa[.t][.t]i ribbon, brace, tie.] A kind of gaiter of waterproof cloth wrapped around the leg, used by soldiers, etc. [Written also {putty}, {puttie}.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puttee — 1875, from Hindi patti “band, bandage,” related to Skt. patta “strip of cloth.” …   Etymology dictionary

  • puttee — ► NOUN ▪ a long strip of cloth wound spirally round the leg from ankle to knee for protection and support. ORIGIN Hindi, band, bandage …   English terms dictionary

  • puttee — [pə tē′, put′ē] n. [Hindi paṭṭī, bandage < Sans paṭṭikā < paṭṭa, strip of cloth] a covering for the lower leg, in the form of a cloth or leather gaiter or a cloth strip wound spirally …   English World dictionary

  • Puttee — Distinguish from putty. A puttee, also spelled puttie , is the name, adapted from the Hindi patti , bandage (Skr. patta , strip of cloth), for a covering for the lower part of the leg from the ankle to the knee, consisting of a long narrow piece… …   Wikipedia

  • puttee — Putty Put ty, n.; pl. {Putties}. [Written also {puttee}, {puttie}.] [Hind. pa[.t][.t]i ribbon, brace, tie.] A kind of gaiter of waterproof cloth wrapped around the leg, used by soldiers, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puttee — noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu paṭṭī strip of cloth, from Sanskrit paṭṭikā Date: 1886 1. a cloth strip wrapped around the leg from ankle to knee 2. a usually leather legging secured by a strap or catch or by laces …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • puttee — noun a) A strip of cloth wound round the leg for protection. b) Legging …   Wiktionary

  • puttee — put|tee [ˈpʌti US pʌˈti:] n [C usually plural] [Date: 1800 1900; : Hindi; Origin: patti long piece of cloth ] a long piece of cloth that soldiers wrapped around each leg from the knee down, as part of their uniform in the past …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • puttee — put·tee || pÊŒtɪ n. gaiter, leather covering worn around the lower leg (also putty) …   English contemporary dictionary


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