Stuff definition

stŭf
The material out of which something is made or formed; substance.
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The material or substance out of which anything is or can be made; raw material.
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To cram with food.
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The essential substance or elements; essence.
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(chiefly british) Woven material, especially woolens.
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(slang) Specific talk or actions.

Don't give me that stuff about being tired.

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(old-fashioned) Something to be drunk, swallowed, etc.
  • A medicine.
  • (slang) A drug, as heroin.
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To fill (the mind).

His head is stuffed with silly notions.

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To fill the inside of (something); pack.
  • 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 a seasoned mixture as of bread crumbs, chopped vegetables, and herbs before roasting.
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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.

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(slang) A drug, especially one that is illegal or habit-forming.
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Matter or substance of an unspecified or generalized kind.
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Cloth, esp. woolen cloth.
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To pack, cram, or crowd (something) into a container, etc.
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To fill with information, ideas, etc.

To stuff one's head with facts.

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To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box)
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To eat too much or too quickly.
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(basketball) A dunk shot.
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Special capability.

The team really showed its stuff and won the championship.

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(slang) Money; cash.
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Constituent elements or basic nature; essence; character.

A man made of stern stuff.

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To force or push.

To stuff money into a wallet.

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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.

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Unspecified material.

Put that stuff over there.

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Household or personal articles considered as a group.
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Worthless objects.
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The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.
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The spin, english, curve, or speed imparted to a ball.
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To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).
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To apply a preservative and softening agent to (leather).
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To pack (a container) tightly; cram.

Stuff a Christmas stocking.

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To block (a passage); plug.

Stuff a crack with caulking.

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(basketball) To block (a shot or an opponent who is shooting), especially before the ball leaves the shooter's hands.
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(sports) To shoot (a ball or puck) forcefully into the goal from close range.
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(basketball) To dunk (the ball).
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To fill with an appropriate stuffing.

Stuff a pillow.

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To fill (an animal skin) to restore its natural form for mounting or display.
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To overeat; gorge.
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Worthless objects; refuse; junk.
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Household goods.
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Personal belongings.
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Things in general; objects.
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Things grouped together or viewed in a certain way.
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Anything said, done, written, composed, etc.; talk or action of a specified kind.
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Foolish or worthless ideas, words, actions, etc.

Stuff and nonsense!

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Basic ability; capability.
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Superior ability; exceptional capability.
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Special skill or knowledge; specialty.

To do or know one's stuff.

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Ability of a baseball pitcher, billiards player, etc. to control the ball, esp. to make it curve or spin.
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Such control, or speed, a curve, spin, etc. given to a ball.
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A dunk shot.
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A shot that is completely blocked.
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To treat (leather) with a preparation designed to soften and preserve it.
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(slang) To stop or defeat (an opponent) decisively.
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To fill too full; cram; overload.
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To fill to excess with food.
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To plug; block.
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To choke up or stop up, as with phlegm.
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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.

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The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.
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A material for making clothing; any woven textile, but especially a woollen fabric.
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Abstract substance or character.
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(informal) Used as placeholder, usually for material of unknown type or name.

Can I have some of that stuff on my ice-cream sundae?

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(slang, informal) Substitution for trivial details.

I had to do some stuff.

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(slang) Narcotic drugs, especially heroin.
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(nautical) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication.

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Paper stock ground ready for use. When partly ground, it is called half stuff.

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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.

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To fill a space with (something) in a compressed manner.

He stuffed his clothes into the closet and shut the door.

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(used in the passive) To sate.

I’m stuffed after having eaten all that turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious stuffing.

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(UK, Australia, New Zealand) To be broken.
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(vulgar, UK, Australia, New Zealand) To sexually penetrate.
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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.

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To preserve a dead bird or animal by filling its skin.
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To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration.
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To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.
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(dated) To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.
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To place forcefully into a container or space; thrust.

Stuffed laundry into the bag.

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(vulgar slang) stuff it
  • Used as an intensive to express extreme anger, frustration, or disgust.
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(slang) stuff (one's) face
  • To eat greedily.
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stuff it
  • used as a generalized expression of contempt, anger, disdain, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
stuff
Plural:
stuffs

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of stuff

  • Middle English from Old French estoffe from estoffer to equip of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary