- a thick, tubular case for the hands, covered with fur or other material, used by women and girls for warmth and as a handbag.
- a bungled or clumsy action or performance.
- Sports. a failure to hold onto a ball that may reasonably be expected to be caught successfully.
- a tuft of feathers on the sides of the head of certain fowls.
- Slang: Vulgar. a woman's pubic area.
- See under muff glass.
- Informal. to bungle; handle clumsily: He muffed a good opportunity.
- Sports. to fail to hold onto (a ball that may reasonably be expected to be caught successfully); fumble.
- Informal. to bungle; perform clumsily.
Origin of muff
Examples from the Web for muffed
Next he muffed the drill with a wad of felt and applied it to the safe door.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
Game and Tipper muffed the jump, and it was left to the other three.The Willoughby Captains
Talbot Baines Reed
He muffed his first jump, and we all thought the game was up.The Master of the Shell
Talbot Baines Reed
Oswald does not like giving up a thing just because it has once been muffed.New Treasure Seekers
E. (Edith) Nesbit
Hatted, furred, and muffed, she leaned on her fathers shoulder.Atlantic Narratives
- an open-ended cylinder of fur or cloth into which the hands are placed for warmth
- the tuft on either side of the head of certain fowls
- to perform (an action) awkwardly
- (tr) to bungle (a shot, catch, etc) in a game
- any unskilful play in a game, esp a dropped catch
- any clumsy or bungled action
- a bungler
Word Origin and History for muffed
"warm covering for the hands," 1590s, from Dutch mof "a muff," shortened from Middle Dutch moffel "mitten, muff," from Middle French moufle "mitten," from Old French mofle "thick glove, large mitten, handcuffs" (9c.), from Medieval Latin muffula "a muff," of unknown origin. In 17c.-18c. also worn by men. Meaning "vulva and pubic hair" is from 1690s; muff-diver "one who performs cunnilingus" is from 1935.
"to bungle," 1827, pugilism slang, probably related to muff (n.) "awkward person" (1837), perhaps from muff (n.) on notion of someone clumsy because his hands are in a muff. Related: Muffed; muffing.