Definition of stuffing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstəfiNG/


1A mixture used to stuff poultry or meat before cooking.
Example sentences
  • In 17th and 18th-century English recipes, mixtures for stuffings and forcemeats of many types are recorded.
  • They are filled to the brim with three stuffings: meat (pork and beef with onion, garlic); cheese and potato; sauerkraut and wild mushroom.
  • On a hard roll, layer turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing with a little mayonnaise.
2Padding used to stuff cushions, furniture, or soft toys.
Example sentences
  • Flax mills were built on the north-west side of the Takaka Hill, producing fibre used for rope, sacks, upholstery stuffing and linen.
  • The stuffing of the tooled-leather cushion rustled as I settled into it.
  • Fur and the stuffing of the cushion rustled as he sat and settled himself.
padding, wadding, filling, upholstery, packing, filler


knock (or take) the stuffing out of

informal Severely impair the confidence or strength of (someone).
Example sentences
  • The two Hungarian goals either side of the break then knocked the stuffing out of a team already low on confidence and another defeat was duly delivered.
  • The mum of two said: ‘When you are 50 and feeling well, it knocks the stuffing out of you, to say the least, to be told you have bowel cancer.’
  • We try to do our bit to make the place better, but this sort of thing just knocks the stuffing out of us.

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Syllabification: stuff·ing

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