putty


putty
putty 1630s, from Fr. potée "polishing powder" (12c.), originally "pot-full, contents of a pot," from O.Fr. pot "container" (see POT (Cf. pot) (1)). Meaning "soft mixture for sealing window panes" first recorded 1706. Figurative use in reference to one easily influenced is from 1924.

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