- 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.
- 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 of stuffMiddle 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 of stuffME stoffen < OFr estoffer
- 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.
verbstuffed, stuff·ing, stuffs
- 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 of stuffMiddle English, from Old French estoffe, from estoffer, to equip, of Germanic origin.
(usually uncountable, plural stuffs)
- Miscellaneous items; things; (with possessive) personal effects.
- What is all that stuff on your bedroom floor? He didn't want his pockets to bulge so he was walking around with all his stuff in his hands.
- The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.
- A material for making clothing; any woven textile, but especially a woollen fabric.
- Abstract substance or character.
- (informal) Used as placeholder, usually for material of unknown type or name.
- Can I have some of that stuff on my ice-cream sundae?
- (slang, informal) Substitution for trivial details.
- I had to do some stuff.
- (slang) Narcotic drugs, especially heroin.
- (nautical) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication.
- Paper stock ground ready for use. When partly ground, it is called half stuff.
- The textile sense is increasingly specialized and sounds dated in everyday contexts.
- stuff and nonsense
(third-person singular simple present stuffs, present participle stuffing, simple past and past participle stuffed)
- To fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess.
- She stuffed the turkey for Thanksgiving using her secret stuffing recipe.
- To fill a space with (something) in a compressed manner.
- He stuffed his clothes into the closet and shut the door.
- (used in the passive) To sate.
- I’m stuffed after having eaten all that turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious stuffing.
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) To be broken.
- (vulgar, UK, Australia, New Zealand) To sexually penetrate.
- To be cut off in a race by having one's projected and committed racing line (trajectory) disturbed by an abrupt manoeuvre by a competitor.
- I got stuffed by that guy on the supermoto going into that turn, almost causing us to crash.
- To preserve a dead bird or animal by filling its skin.
- To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration.
- To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.
- (dated) To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.
From Late Middle English stuffen (“to equip, furnish”), from Old French estoffer (“to provide what is necessary, equip, stuff”), possibly from Frankish *stopfōn, *stoppōn (“to cram, plug, stuff”), from Proto-Germanic *stuppōną (“to clog up, block, fill”). Possibly cognate with Old High German stoffōn, stopfōn (“to plug, stuff”), Old English stoppian (“to stop up, close”) and Albanian shtyp (“to press, squeeze, stuff”). More at stop.