- 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 muffy
Contemporary Examples of muffy
Mitt, dear chap, one is delighted to escort Muffy to the cotillion.Paul Begala: Huntsman Wins South Carolina Debate by Dropping Out
January 17, 2012
Historical Examples of muffy
Muffy is not only a very intelligent little cat, but I can tell you she is also a very good-natured one, too.
Signor Brunoni had not got that muffy sort of thing about his chin, but looked like a close-shaved Christian gentleman.Cranford
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
- 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
- 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
"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.