[ muhf ]
/ mʌf /


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.

Nearby words

  1. muenster,
  2. muesli,
  3. muesli bar,
  4. muezzin,
  5. muf,
  6. muff glass,
  7. muffin,
  8. muffin man,
  9. muffin stand,
  10. muffin top

Origin of muff

1590–1600; < Dutch mof, earlier moffel, muffel mitten, muff < Old North French moufle < early Medieval Latin muffula, perhaps < Frankish

Related formsmuff·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for muffing

British Dictionary definitions for muffing


/ (mʌf) /


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

Word Origin for muff

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


/ (mʌf) /


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 for muff

C19: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for muffing
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