- 1Matter, material, articles, or activities of a specified or indeterminate kind that are being referred to, indicated, or implied: I prefer to buy stuff in sales we all offer to do stuff for each other green stuff in stagnant water the mud was horrible stuff a girl who’s good at the technical stuff all that running and swimming and stuffMore 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.
- 1.1A person’s belongings, equipment, or baggage: he took his stuff and wentMore example sentences
- Your stuff has proven it works with my equipment so I am going to need lots of it within the next six months.
- But this stuff is being purveyed by the Religious Affairs Department of the Saudi Armed Forces.
- And so, all Graham's stuff for the trip packed neatly into two soft cases, to bed.
- 1.2British • informal , • dated Worthless or foolish ideas, speech, or writing; rubbish: [as exclamation]: stuff and nonsense!More example sentences
rubbish, nonsense, twaddle, balderdash, claptrap, gibberish, drivel• informal poppycock, tripe, bunk, piffle, bosh, bilge, hot air, hogwash, hooey, baloney, mumbo jumboScottish & Northern English • informal haversIrish • informal codologyAustralian/New Zealand • vulgar slang bulldust
- 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.
- 1.3 • informal Drink or drugs: the islanders get fighting mad on the stuff ‘Are you doing stuff, Kevin?’ he askedMore 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.
- 2The basic constituents or characteristics of something or someone: Healey was made of sterner stuff such a trip was the stuff of his dreamsMore example sentences
- 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 gownMore 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.
- 4North American (In sport) spin given to a ball to make it vary its course.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 taboosMore 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.
- 1.1Force or cram (something) tightly into a receptacle or space: he stuffed a thick wad of notes into his jacket pocketMore example sentences
- 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 pocketMore 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.
- 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 parrotMore 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.
- 1.4Fill (the cavity of an item of food) with a savoury or sweet mixture, especially before cooking: chicken stuffed with mushrooms and breadcrumbsMore 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.
- 1.5 • informal Fill (oneself) with large amounts of food: he stuffed himself with Parisian chocolatesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.6 • informal Fill (envelopes) with identical copies of printed matter: they spent the whole time in a back room stuffing envelopesMore example sentences
- 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).More 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.
be stuffed up
- • informal Have one’s nose blocked up with catarrh as a result of a cold: he was stuffed up with a coldMore example sentences
- 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.’
- [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 stuffedMore example sentences
- 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 thinkMore example sentences
- 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.
- • informal Said to express indifference, resignation, or rejection: Stuff it, I’m 61, what do I care?More example sentences
- ‘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.More example sentences
- Vice magazine, though, that's the stuff right there.
- [in combination]: a sausage-stufferMore example sentences
- 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'.