(Noun) A long strip of cloth or leather wound spirally round the leg from the ankle to the knee and worn by soldiers, walkers, etc., for protection and support in rough terrain.

In Context

“As the sun rose and concussion waves from the naval guns shimmered across the sea, Roosevelt scuttled about on his stubby, puttee-wrapped legs with ‘the twinkling walk of a sandpiper on the beach.'”

Rick Atkinson, The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, 2007.