- a cylindrical covering of fur or other soft material into which the hands are placed from either end to keep them warm
- a tuft of feathers on the sides of the head, or on the legs, of certain fowl
- Sports a failure to hold the ball when attempting to catch it
- any bungling action
Origin of muffDutch mof ; from Wal moufe, shortened ; from French moufle, a mitten ; from Medieval Latin muffla, glove
- to do (something) badly or awkwardly
- Sports to miss (a catch) or bungle (a play)
verbmuffed, muff·ing, muffs
- To perform or handle clumsily or ineptly; bungle. See Synonyms at botch.
- Sports To fail to make (a catch).
- A clumsy or bungled action.
- Sports A failure to make a catch.
Origin of muffOrigin unknown.
- A small cylindrical fur or cloth cover, open at both ends, in which the hands are placed for warmth.
- A cluster of feathers on the side of the face of certain breeds of fowl.
- Vulgar Slang The vulva.
Origin of muffDutch mof, from Middle Dutch moffel, from Old French mofle, mitten, from Medieval Latin muffula, perhaps of Germanic origin.
- (historical) A piece of fur or cloth, usually with open ends, used for keeping the hands warm.
- (slang) Female pubic hair; the vulva.
- (glassblowing) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
- The feathers sticking out from both sides of the face under the beak of some birds.
- A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object such as a pipe.
(third-person singular simple present muffs, present participle muffing, simple past and past participle muffed)
- (sports) To drop or mishandle (the ball, a catch etc.); to play badly. [from 19th c.]
- To mishandle; to bungle. [from 1920s]
Origin unknown; perhaps a specialised use of Etymology 1, above.
- (slang) A muffin.