Definition of stuff in English:


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Pronunciation: /stʌf


[mass noun]
  • 2The basic constituents or characteristics of something or someone: Healey was made of sterner stuff such a trip was the stuff of his dreams
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    • We drive, chatting every once in awhile, listening to the radio, pretty basic road trip stuff.
    • It's also possible that I could program some of the more basic stuff - no, that won't happen.
    • It's very, very easy for me to eat when I'm at home because I like very, very basic stuff.
  • 3British dated Woollen fabric, especially as distinct from silk, cotton, and linen: [as modifier]: her dark stuff gown
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    • Of course people have noticed before that Matisse posed his models in flimsy, filmy harem pants on divans and cushions covered with flowered or striped stuffs against fabric screens and curtains.
    • His library was dukedom large enough, and here on the island he has, besides rich garments, linen stuffs and necessaries, volumes that he prizes above his dukedom.
    • The earliest woven stuffs were made for use or ornament, before refinements in spinning and weaving permitted textiles malleable enough to clothe the body.
  • 4North American (In sport) spin given to a ball to make it vary its course.
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    • I think Greinke's stuff will get better, it got better as last year went along.
    • His stuff was impressive in his short stint in Detroit, as well as his 26 innings in Arizona.
    • He rarely hits the upper 80s on his fastball, so he relies on his off-speed stuff to get outs.
  • 4.1 Baseball A pitcher’s ability to produce spin on a ball or control the speed of delivery of a ball.
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    • He says he hasn't changed anything in his delivery - he just isn't trusting his stuff.
    • Bernero has savvy and changes speeds, but hitters sometimes sit on his off-speed stuff.
    • Ramirez struggles with his control at times but has much better stuff and is more durable than Reynolds.


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  • 1Fill (a receptacle or space) tightly with something: an old teapot stuffed full of cash figurative his head has been stuffed with myths and taboos
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    • But then these rooms are stuffed with things of beauty, as the deputy curator of the collection, Martin Clayton, enthusiastically points out.
    • The two tea rooms were stuffed with damp holiday makers, all tucking into cake and cream and scones and cream and strawberry jam and cream.
    • Samantha, 25, said: " The wallet was stuffed full of pictures, letters, keepsakes and prayer cards.
  • 1.1Force or cram (something) tightly into a receptacle or space: he stuffed a thick wad of notes into his jacket pocket
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    • As she rolled her clothes up tightly and stuffed them in securely, she tried to recall what it was that she missed the most.
    • My hand was unexpectedly clutching the stone tightly as I stuffed the paper back in the bottle.
    • Once inside the man quickly tied her wrists together behind her back and stuffed a thick cloth into her mouth and tied it tightly behind her head, gagging her.
  • 1.2 informal Hastily force (something) into a space: Sadie took the coin and stuffed it in her coat pocket
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    • He read it hastily before stuffing it in his pocket.
    • Young and the others hastily stuffed a purifier into each nostril and inhaled some much needed fresh air.
    • Hastily, she stuffed her feet into a pair of sneakers and ran downstairs to where her grandfather was waiting for her.
  • 1.3Fill out the skin of (a dead animal or bird) with material to restore the original shape and appearance: he took the bird to a taxidermist to be stuffed (as adjective stuffed) a stuffed parrot
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    • Several Irish talk show hosts have been filling the air waves with information about stuffing your dead pets.
    • The dead elephant was stuffed and exhibited, and it stood in Vienna until Maximilian sent it to Munich.
    • One thing unites the animals: they are all dead but stuffed by taxidermists at Edinburgh's Royal Museum on Chambers Street.
  • 1.4Fill (the cavity of an item of food) with a savoury or sweet mixture, especially before cooking: chicken stuffed with mushrooms and breadcrumbs
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    • It may be eaten in the form of tamales, the dough stuffed with savoury or sweet mixtures and steamed in maize or banana leaves.
    • But I fancied the savoury pancakes stuffed with mushrooms, tomatoes and onions, and covered in a creamy cheese sauce.
    • The chicken breasts can be stuffed in advance and popped in the steamer when you get in from work.
  • 1.5 informal Fill (oneself) with large amounts of food: he stuffed himself with Parisian chocolates
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    • Meanwhile, while Holly stuffed herself with food and downed the coffee, someone put their hands over her eyes.
    • Imitating their elders on such occasions, they stuffed themselves with a lot of food and drink, and roared with merriment to the bemusement of all the diners around.
    • For that few minutes, we were all silent, as we stuffed ourselves with the delicious food.
    fill, cram, gorge, overindulge, satiate; gobble, devour, wolf, guzzle
    informal pig, pig out, make a pig of oneself, stuff oneself to the gills
  • 1.6 informal Fill (envelopes) with identical copies of printed matter: they spent the whole time in a back room stuffing envelopes
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    • Other employees stuffed 1,700 envelopes for the event on state time, the affidavit said.
    • Zines needed to be physically copied, taken down to the local alternative music shop, or stuffed in envelopes and mailed.
    • For now, all of his value can be typed onto an application and stuffed in a Manila envelope to be scanned in fifteen minutes by a member of the admissions department.
  • 1.7North American Place bogus votes in (a ballot box).
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    • Although Democrats easily won the election by stuffing ballot boxes, they wanted revenge.
    • EU observers say they also saw incidents of Kagame's supporters tampering with voter lists and stuffing ballot boxes.
    • As you can see, TSN's team came in fourth even without stuffing the ballot box and telling relatives to vote for our team.
  • 2 [usually in imperative] British informal Used to express indifference towards or rejection of (something): stuff the diet!
  • 3British informal Defeat heavily in sport: Town got stuffed every week
  • 4British vulgar slang (Of a man) have sexual intercourse with (a woman).


be stuffed up

informal Have one’s nose blocked up with catarrh as a result of a cold: he was stuffed up with a cold
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  • She had a head cold, and her nose was stuffed up.
  • I was coming down with cold, and my nose was stuffed up, and I had a terrible sinus headache, and of course.
  • She glanced over and shrugged, ‘Kinda, I'm just cold, and my nose is stuffed up.’
block, stop, bung; congest, obstruct, choke

get stuffed

[usually in imperative] British informal Said in anger to tell someone to go away or as an expression of contempt: she wanted to join his mob but he told her to get stuffed
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  • The message from the major rugby nations to Japan, and to all the other aspirants, is clear: get stuffed.
  • There are more rural ones than urban ones so we get stuffed.
  • ‘I'm going to spend my money on whatever I want and everyone who called me ‘Tin Head’ can go get stuffed.’

not give a stuff

British informal Not care at all: I couldn’t give a stuff what they think
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  • Not everybody sees it that way, she said, nodding in the direction of Upstairs, but she doesn't give a stuff.
  • MPs don't know the facts and 90 per cent of British people don't give a stuff whether hunting is banned or not because it doesn't affect them.
  • The blame lies with parents who don't give a stuff.

stuff it

informal Said to express indifference, resignation, or rejection: Stuff it, I’m 61, what do I care?
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  • ‘If I had been asked to resign, I would have told the BBC to stuff it,’ he added.
  • A few limits on it, of course - the whole thing about not being related leaps to mind, and minimum ages are generally a good idea - but stuff it, let's just go for it.
  • I hope that they tell the religionists to stuff it.

that's the stuff

British informal Said in approval of what has just been done or said.
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  • Vice magazine, though, that's the stuff right there.



[in combination]: a sausage-stuffer
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  • Instead of anything this interesting, we just get the same old boring, contrived, generic mailbox stuffers with the candidate's mugshot, political party, electorate name and supposed attributes hastily slapped together.
  • Today, his company, the Wings of Autumn, has a reputation of being the finest animal stuffers in town.
  • But most mornings were spent taking boxes of envelopes to and from the stuffers (as I affectionately referred to them) and making various deliveries to small businesses on the new industrial estates.


Middle English (denoting material for making clothes): shortening of Old French estoffe 'material, furniture', estoffer 'equip, furnish', from Greek stuphein 'draw together'.

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