stuff

[ stuhf ]
/ stʌf /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to cram oneself with food; eat gluttonously; gorge.

Nearby words

  1. studly,
  2. studwork,
  3. study,
  4. study group,
  5. study hall,
  6. stuff and nonsense,
  7. stuff gown,
  8. stuff it,
  9. stuff one's face,
  10. stuff shot

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 forms

Synonym study

1–3. See matter.

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British Dictionary definitions for stuff

stuff

/ (stʌf) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

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
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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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