- Stuff is what people or things are made of, general matter or objects.
- An example of stuff is a bag full of groceries.
- An example of stuff is a man's character.
- To stuff is defined as to fill the interior, overfill or overload.
An example of to stuff is to fill the inside of a mushroom with garlic and cheese.
stuff definition by Webster's New World
- the material or substance out of which anything is or can be made; raw material
- constituent elements or basic nature; essence; character: a man made of stern stuff
- matter or substance of an unspecified or generalized kind
- cloth, esp. woolen cloth
- household goods
- personal belongings
- things in general; objects
- things grouped together or viewed in a certain way
- something to be drunk, swallowed, etc.; specif.,
- a medicine
- ☆ Slang a drug, as heroin
- worthless objects; refuse; junk
- anything said, done, written, composed, etc.; talk or action of a specified kind
- foolish or worthless ideas, words, actions, etc.: stuff and nonsense!
- basic ability; capability
- superior ability; exceptional capability
- ☆ special skill or knowledge; specialty: to do or know one's stuff
- ☆ Informal
- ability of a baseball pitcher, billiards player, etc. to control the ball, esp. to make it curve or spin
- such control, or speed, a curve, spin, etc. given to a ball
- ☆ Basketball, Slang a dunk shot
Origin: Middle English stoffe ; from Old French estoffe ; from estoffer, probably ; from Classical Greek styphein, to pull together, tighten ; from styppe, tow, coarse cloth of flax or hemp: see stop
- to fill the inside of (something); pack; specif.,
- to fill (a cushion, chair, toy, etc.) with padding or stuffing
- to fill the skin of (a dead animal, bird, etc.) in taxidermy
- to fill (a chicken, turkey, etc.) with seasoning, bread crumbs, etc. before roasting
- to fill too full; cram; overload
- to fill to excess with food
- to pack, cram, or crowd (something) into a container, etc.
- to fill with information, ideas, etc.: to stuff one's head with facts
- ☆ to put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box)
- to plug; block
- to choke up or stop up, as with phlegm
- to force or push: to stuff money into a wallet
- to treat (leather) with a preparation designed to soften and preserve it
- Basketball, Slang to dunk (a basketball)
- Football to stop, often overwhelmingly, (a runner, team, etc.) for little or no yardage
Origin: ME stoffen < OFr estoffer
stuff definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The material out of which something is made or formed; substance.
- The essential substance or elements; essence: “We are such stuff/As dreams are made on” (Shakespeare).
- Informal a. Unspecified material: Put that stuff over there.b. Household or personal articles considered as a group.c. Worthless objects.
- Slang Specific talk or actions: Don't give me that stuff about being tired.
- Sports a. The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.b. The spin, english, curve, or speed imparted to a ball: “where we could watch the stuff, mainly curves, that the pitchers were putting on the ball” (James Henry Gray).
- Basketball A dunk shot.
- Special capability: The team really showed its stuff and won the championship.
- Chiefly British Woven material, especially woolens.
- Slang Money; cash.
- Slang A drug, especially one that is illegal or habit-forming.
- a. To pack (a container) tightly; cram: stuff a Christmas stocking.b. To block (a passage); plug: stuff a crack with caulking.c. Basketball To block (a shot or an opponent who is shooting), especially before the ball leaves the shooter's hands.
- a. To place forcefully into a container or space; thrust: stuffed laundry into the bag.b. Sports To shoot (a ball or puck) forcefully into the goal from close range.c. Basketball To dunk (the ball).
- a. To fill with an appropriate stuffing: stuff a pillow.b. To fill (an animal skin) to restore its natural form for mounting or display.
- To cram with food.
- To fill (the mind): His head is stuffed with silly notions.
- To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).
- To apply a preservative and softening agent to (leather).
Origin: Middle English, from Old French estoffe, from estoffer, to equip, of Germanic origin.
stuff - Phrases/Idioms
stuff (one's) face