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American English: /stəf/
British English: /stʌf/

Translation of stuff in Spanish:


  • 1 [colloquial] 1.1 (substance, matter) what's this stuff called?
    ¿cómo se llama esto?
    ¿cómo se llama esta cosa? [colloquial]
    I can't eat this stuff
    esto yo no lo trago [colloquial]
    he rubbed some greasy stuff in his hair
    se puso una cosa grasienta en el pelo
    this wine/caviar is good stuff
    este vino/caviar es del bueno or está muy bien
    what sort of stuff does he write?
    ¿qué tipo de cosa(s) escribe?
    my secretary deals with the routine stuff
    mi secretaria se encarga de todas las tareas de rutina
    she's into Buddhism and all that stuff
    le ha dado por el budismo y todo eso
    le ha dado por el budismo y todo ese rollo [colloquial]
    show them what kind of stuff you're made of
    demuéstrales lo que vales
    enséñales lo que es bueno [colloquial]
    she's made of the right stuff to be an astronaut
    tiene pasta para ser astronauta
    that's the stuff!
    ¡así se hace!
    ¡así me gusta!
    to do one's stuffshe went out on stage and did her stuff
    salió al escenario e hizo lo suyo
    someone isn't doing his stuff
    alguien está fallando
    alguien no está haciendo lo que le corresponde
    to know one's stuff
    ser un experto en la materia
    she really knows her stuff
    sabe de lo que habla
    es una experta en la materia
    to strut one's stuff [colloquial]
    mover el esqueleto [colloquial]
    1.2 (miscellaneous items)
    cosas (feminine plural)
    and stuff like that
    y cosas de esas
    y cosas por el estilo
    I left all my stuff at her house
    dejé todas mis cosas en su casa
    Example sentences
    • The fact that the New Statesman can't find anything more grown-up to publish than this sort of stuff is indicative of its sad decline.
    • There was apparently a really big rain in his town and all sorts of horrible stuff ended up in the pipeline.
    • A load of kids are reading stuff and hearing stuff which refers back to Vietnam, and there is a resurgence in interest in the works of Chomsky.
    1.3 [slang] (drugs)
    Example sentences
    • I slowly went downhill and back on to the heavy stuff like heroin.
    • If they allowed dope to be used, I could grow her stuff, she could smoke it, and her life would be improved.
    • At first money wasn't a problem I had a good job, good house, I sold my house to the drug dealers so they could sell their stuff.
  • 2 [colloquial] (nonsense, excuse)
    cuento (masculine) [colloquial]
    surely you don't believe all that stuff he tells you?
    tú no te creerás todo lo que te cuenta ¿no?
    don't give me that stuff about losing your way
    no me vengas con el cuento de que te perdiste [colloquial]
    stuff and nonsense! [dated]
    ¡puro cuento! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • At first sight such an idea seems outrageous stuff and nonsense.
    • The problem is, however, that to get to the point where we can afford all this stuff and nonsense, we have to work ridiculously long hours.
    • The lectures were the usual old stuff and nonsense, but it's so easy to make new friends when you just bitch.
  • 3 (basic element) their expedition has become the stuff of history/legend
    su expedición ha pasado a la historia/se ha convertido en una leyenda
    that's the stuff of politics
    en eso consiste la política
    his novel is the stuff of which publishers' dreams are made
    todo editor sueña con una novela así
  • 4 [archaic] (cloth)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (fill)
    to stuff something with somethingshe stuffed it with feathers
    lo rellenó de plumas
    we stuffed our pockets with apples
    nos llenamos los bolsillos de manzanas
    she stuffed us with food
    nos atiborró de comida
    he's stuffed her head full of nonsense
    le ha llenado la cabeza de tonterías
    to stuff oneself/one's face [colloquial]
    darse un atracón [colloquial]
    ponerse morado or ciego (Spain) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (Cooking)
    to stuff something with somethinghe stuffed it with rice
    lo rellenó de arroz
    stuff the chicken with the chestnuts
    rellenar el pollo con las castañas
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.3 (in taxidermy)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.4 (US) (Politics)
    Example sentences
    • 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 2.1 (thrust)to stuff something into something
    meter algo en algo
    she stuffed the books into the bag
    metió los libros en la bolsa
    I stuffed my fingers in(to) my ears
    me puse los dedos en los oídos
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    2.2 (put) [colloquial] just stuff your things anywhere
    pon tus cosas donde quieras
    (you can) stuff it! (esp British) [slang]
    ¡métetelo donde te quepa! [colloquial]
    I told him where he could stuff his advice
    le dije qué podía hacer con sus consejos
    stuff her!
    ¡que se joda! [vulgar]
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