- 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 muffing
Still we can't afford to go on muffing and missing too long.
The ball-player must do a lot of muffing and wild throwing before he can become a sure catcher and a straight thrower.The Five Great Philosophies of Life
William de Witt Hyde
The seamstress, muffing her arms with the garment she was dipping in soapy water, did not answer.Fraternity
- 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 muffing
"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.