Main definitions of phut-phut in English

: phut-phut1phut-phut2

phut-phut1

(also phutt-phutt)

verb

  • no object To make intermittent muffled explosive sounds like a small internal combustion engine; to move with such a noise.

Origin

1930s. Reduplication of phut. Compare earlier phut-phut, phut-phut, put-put.

Pronunciation

phut-phut

/ˌfʌtˈfʌt/

Main definitions of phut-phut in English

: phut-phut1phut-phut2

phut-phut2

(also phutt-phutt)

exclamation

  • Representing an intermittent or repeated dull, usually plosive sound, especially that characteristic of an internal combustion engine.

noun

  • 1An intermittent or repeated dull, usually plosive sound, especially the sound characteristic of an internal combustion engine.

  • 2= phutphuti . Now chiefly Indian English.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Living Age. Reduplication of phut.

Pronunciation

phut-phut

/ˌfʌtˈfʌt/