- the material of which anything is made: a hard, crystalline stuff.
- material to be worked upon or to be used in making something: wood, steel, and other stuff for building.
- material of some unspecified kind: a cushion filled with some soft stuff.
- Chiefly British. woven material or fabric, especially wool.
- property, as personal belongings or equipment; things.
- something to be swallowed, as food, drink, or medicine.
- inward character, qualities, or capabilities: to have good stuff in one.
- Informal. action or talk of a particular kind: kid stuff; Cut out the rough stuff.
- worthless things or matter: to clean the stuff out of a closet.
- worthless or foolish ideas, talk, or writing: a lot of stuff and nonsense.
- Baseball.the assortment of pitches that a pitcher uses in a game together with the ability to deliver them in the proper manner at the right speed to the desired spot: He saved his best stuff for the tougher hitters in the lineup.
- spin or speed imparted to a ball, as by a baseball pitcher, a bowler, or a tennis player: a pitch with plenty of stuff.
- Informal. journalistic, literary, artistic, dramatic, musical, or other compositions or performances: Bach composed some splendid stuff.
- Informal. one's trade, skill, field, facts, etc.: She knows her stuff.
- Slang. any kind of drug, especially an illicit one.
- Also called stock. Papermaking. refined and beaten wet pulp ready for spreading on the wire.
- to fill (a receptacle), especially by packing the contents closely together; cram full.
- to fill (an aperture, cavity, etc.) by forcing something into it.
- to fill or line with some kind of material as a padding or packing.
- to fill or cram (oneself, one's stomach, etc.) with food.
- to fill (meat, vegetables, etc.) with seasoned bread crumbs or other savory matter.
- to fill the preserved skin of (a dead animal) with material, retaining its natural form and appearance for display.
- to put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).
- to thrust or cram (something) into a receptacle, cavity, or the like.
- to pack tightly in a confined place; crowd together.
- to crowd (a vehicle, room, etc.) with persons.
- to clutter or fill (the mind) with facts, details, etc.
- (in leather manufacturing) to treat (a skin, hide, etc.) with a composition of tallow and other ingredients.
- to stop up or plug; block or choke (usually followed by up).
- to cram oneself with food; eat gluttonously; gorge.
Origin of stuff
Examples from the Web for stuffed
Try these 12 expert-backed tips to make it through turkey day without feeling like a stuffed, well, you know.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work
November 27, 2014
Some of the stuffed animals that have come out of the taxidermy classes are on display in the new institution.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum
November 11, 2014
It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
Yesterday morning, my in-box was stuffed to the gunwales with alarming messages alerting me to…to what?Hooray for Liberal Fear-Mongering!
October 28, 2014
Some childhood totem, like a stuffed animal . . . or a sled?We All Have a Rosebud in Our Pasts
October 15, 2014
He stuffed his pipe again with fine tobacco and bark of red willow and began.The Trail Book
She stuffed her fingers into her ears to shut out the sound of her brother's cries.The Boy Life of Napoleon
We stuffed the pink dainties with mint, and baked them in balls of clay.In the Valley
A shoulder of veal may be stuffed and roasted in a similar manner.
They may he stuffed with force-meat and roasted, basting them with butter.
- filled with something, esp (of poultry and other food) filled with stuffing
- (foll by up) (of the nasal passages) blocked with mucus
- get stuffed! British slang an exclamation of contemptuous anger or annoyance, esp against another person
- to pack or fill completely; cram
- (intr) to eat large quantities
- to force, shove, or squeezeto stuff money into a pocket
- to fill (food such as poultry or tomatoes) with a stuffing
- to fill (an animal's skin) with material so as to restore the shape of the live animal
- slang to have sexual intercourse with (a woman)
- tanning to treat (an animal skin or hide) with grease
- US and Canadian to fill (a ballot box) with a large number of fraudulent votes
- (in marine transport) to pack (a container)See also stuffing and stripping
- slang to ruin, frustrate, or defeat
- the raw material or fabric of something
- woollen cloth or fabric
- any general or unspecified substance or accumulation of objects
- stupid or worthless actions, speech, ideas, etc
- subject matter, skill, etche knows his stuff
- a slang word for money
- slang a drug, esp cannabis
- British slang a girl or woman considered sexually (esp in the phrase bit of stuff)
- do one's stuff informal to do what is expected of one
- that's the stuff that is what is needed
Word Origin and History for stuffed
early 14c., "quilted material worn under chain mail," from Old French estoffe "quilted material, furniture, provisions" (Modern French étoffe), from estoffer "to equip or stock," which according to French sources is from Old High German stopfon "to plug, stuff," or from a related Frankish word (see stop), but OED has "strong objections" to this. Sense extended to material for working with in various trades (c.1400), then (1570s) "matter of an unspecified kind." Meaning "narcotic, dope, drug" is attested from 1929. To know (one's) stuff "have a grasp on a subject" is recorded from 1927.
mid-15c., "to cram full," from stuff (n.); earlier "to furnish a fort or army with men and stores" (c.1300). The ballot-box sense is attested from 1854, American English; in expressions of contempt and suggestive of bodily orifices, it dates from 1952. Stuffing "seasoned mixture used to stuff fowls before cooking" is from 1530s. Stuffed in reference to garments, "padded with stuffing" is from mid-15c.; hence stuffed shirt "pompous, ineffectual person" (1913).