stuff

[stuhf]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to cram oneself with food; eat gluttonously; gorge.

Origin of stuff

1300–50; (v.) late Middle English stuffen to equip, furnish < Old French estoffer literally, to stuff < Frankish *stopfōn, *stoppōn (see stop); (noun) Middle English < Old French estoffe, derivative of the v.
Related formsstuff·less, adjectivere·stuff, verb (used with object)un·der·stuff, verb (used with object)un·stuff, verb (used with object)un·stuffed, adjectivewell-stuffed, adjective

Synonym study

1–3. See matter.
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Examples from the Web for stuff

Contemporary Examples of stuff

Historical Examples of stuff

  • I don't think much of his stuff, but they say he makes heaps of money.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • You can peel the stuff out of your pockets with one hand, I figure.

  • But he said to himself "there was stuff in her: what a woman might be made of her!"

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Add the seasonings, mix thoroughly, and stuff into the bird.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • These landscape fellows buy their stuff direct, and the middleman's out.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for stuff

stuff

verb (mainly tr)

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

noun

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
Derived Formsstuffer, noun

Word Origin for stuff

C14: from Old French estoffe, from estoffer to furnish, provide, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German stopfen to cram full

usage

Sense 6 of this word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary . However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use
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Word Origin and History for stuff
n.

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.

v.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with stuff

stuff

In addition to the idioms beginning with stuff

  • stuff and nonsense
  • stuffed shirt
  • stuff it
  • stuff one's face
  • stuff the ballot box

also see:

  • get stuffed
  • hot number (stuff)
  • kid stuff
  • know one's stuff
  • strut one's stuff
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