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muff

[ muhf ]
/ mʌf /
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noun

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

Informal. to bungle; perform clumsily.

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Origin of muff

1590–1600; <Dutch mof, earlier moffel, muffel mitten, muff <Old North French moufle<early Medieval Latin muffula, perhaps <Frankish
muffy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for muff (1 of 2)

muff1
/ (mʌf) /

noun

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
C16: probably from Dutch mof, ultimately from French mouffle muffle 1

British Dictionary definitions for muff (2 of 2)

muff2
/ (mʌf) /

verb

to perform (an action) awkwardly
(tr) to bungle (a shot, catch, etc) in a game

noun

any unskilful play in a game, esp a dropped catch
any clumsy or bungled action
a bungler
C19: of uncertain origin
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