An example of stuff is a bag full of groceries.
An example of stuff is a man's character.
An example of to stuff is to fill the inside of a mushroom with garlic and cheese.
A man made of stern stuff.
- A medicine.
- A drug, as heroin.
- 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.
To stuff one's head with facts.
To stuff money into a wallet.
Can I have some of that stuff on my ice-cream sundae?
I had to do some stuff.
He stuffed his clothes into the closet and shut the door.
I’m stuffed after having eaten all that turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious stuffing.
I got stuffed by that guy on the supermoto going into that turn, almost causing us to crash.
Don't give me that stuff about being tired.
The team really showed its stuff and won the championship.
His head is stuffed with silly notions.
- Used as an intensive to express extreme anger, frustration, or disgust.
- To eat greedily.
- Used as a generalized expression of contempt, anger, disdain, etc.
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.