What does the word putty mean?

Usage examples for putty

  1. Putty soon I closed up and went home." – Ashton-Kirk, Investigator by John T. McIntyre
  2. St Bees was busy with his penknife cutting away the putty, and did not for the moment answer. – Greene Ferne Farm by Richard Jefferies
  3. Wa'al, wa'al, he was saying, but you be in a putty consid'able state. – The Christmas Story from David Harum by Edward Noyes Westcott