Green’s Dictionary of Slang

put n.1

[ety. unknown; ? one who is easily ‘put upon’]

a gullible and/or foolish individual.

[UK]T. Shadwell Squire of Alsatia n.p.: Cant List: A Putt. One who is easily wheadled and cheated. [Ibid.] I i: And now your questions are fully answered, you put, you!
[UK]Cibber Love Makes a Man I i: A Putt, by Jupiter! he don’t know the Air of a Gentleman, from the Air of the Country.
[UK]J. Addison Drummer IV i: He looks like a put — a queer old dog as ever I saw in my life.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy V 309: Fops prat’ling, Dies rat’ling, Rooks shaming, Puts Daming.
[UK]T. Walker The Quaker’s Opera II i: Why sure you Slut, you saucy Put.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 73: Ulysses, Ajax, I’ll make puts, / And take their booty by the scuts.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Put, a country put, an ignorant aukward clown.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]‘A. Burton’ Adventures of Johnny Newcome II 65: Poor John! tho’ by no means a Put, A long time was the common Butt.
[UK]Sussex Advertiser 14 Apr. 4/3: The ‘putts’ were ‘regularly queered’.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
[UK]J. Masefield Everlasting Mercy 3: ‘Out now,’ he says, ‘and leave your wire; / It’s mine.’ / ‘It ain’t.’ / ‘You put.’ / ‘You liar.’.

In phrases

old put (n.)

a pretentious old gentleman, an old fool.

[UK]J. Gay Wife of Bath (rev. edn) V vi: I thought to have found the old Put my guardian here.
[UK]Scots Mag. 1 Dec. 2/2: ‘’Slife! how he banters the old put!’.
[UK]Fielding Tom Jones (1959) 223: Devil take my father [...] The old put wanted to make a parson of me.
[UK]Smollett Peregrine Pickle (1964) 380: He was struck with the appearance of an old man, who no sooner entered the room than the mistress of the house very kindly desired one of the wits present to roast the old put.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 55: Such a queer old put as you.
[Ire]L. Macnally Fashionable Levities Prologue: His Lordship [...] Thinks every honest bard a queer old Put.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 77: Just such a queer old put as you.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Jan. XIII 233/2: For Tom was a wit [...] / And he’d queer the old putt, for his long-winded grace.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Mar. XV 324/1: Good day, old Put! – but thou’rt a d—d odd Quiz.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 17 Nov. 104/3: The old put’ her father [...] forbade me the house.
[UK]Thackeray Vanity Fair I 141: The captain has a hearty contempt for his father, I can see, and calls him an old put.
[UK]St James’s Gazette 7 Aug. in Ware (1909) 187/1: It is quite credible that such a man, meeting in an omnibus an elderly gentleman of antiquated air and costume, should consider it funny to insult the ‘old put’ by pretending to be an intimate acquaintance, and accosting him with a familiar ‘How’s Maria?’.