Putty-faced

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Putty-faced White-faced; -- used contemptuously.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • putty-faced Having a face resembling putty in pastiness or color.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Putty-faced having a face resembling putty in pastiness or colour
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. potée, properly that which is contained in a pot, Fr. pot.

Usage

In literature:

Why couldn't I have had one of those putty faces which don't mean anything?
"Initials Only" by Anna Katharine Green
The remembrance of that face in the 'putty stuff' up there by the side of the road accompanied him home.
"The Dark Flower" by John Galsworthy
The old man's putty-coloured face was pale, and his eyes glittered with fury.
"Martie the Unconquered" by Kathleen Norris
My heart leaped fiercely at the sight of his seamed leathery face and dab-of-putty nose.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
The time to pay comes round putty soon, and the deacon's face allers goes down long as yer arm.
"Betty's Bright Idea; Deacon Pitkin's Farm; and The First Christmas of New England" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
His ruddy face was white, and his cheeks hung in folds like moulded putty.
"McClure's Magazine, January, 1896, Vol. VI. No. 2" by Various
I have sometimes heard the expression "putty face" used to describe the appearance of the common Japanese face.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Allison had not stirred, nor putty-faced Wickersham, nor the girl who stood with hands at breasts.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
In the breakfast room she found but one guest besides herself, an old lady with a putty face.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
Carmichael took no notice of a tone which the youth with the putty face had never employed toward him before.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
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In poetry:

We is mos' all putty likely fu' to have our little cares,
An' I think we 'se doin' fus' rate w'en we jes' go long and bears,
Widout breakin' up ouah faces in a sickly so't o' grin,
W'en we knows dat in ouah innards we is p'intly mad ez sin.
"Philosophy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar