- Baseball.the assortment of pitches that a pitcher uses in a game together with the ability to deliver them in the proper manner at the right speed to the desired spot: He saved his best stuff for the tougher hitters in the lineup.
- spin or speed imparted to a ball, as by a baseball pitcher, a bowler, or a tennis player: a pitch with plenty of stuff.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stuff
Related Words for stuffedloaded, jammed, filled, packed, full, saturated, crowded, satisfied, overflowing, gorged, glutted, tight, jam-packed
Examples from the Web for stuffed
Contemporary Examples of stuffed
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November 27, 2014
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November 11, 2014
It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
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October 28, 2014
Some childhood totem, like a stuffed animal . . . or a sled?We All Have a Rosebud in Our Pasts
October 15, 2014
Historical Examples of stuffed
He stuffed his pipe again with fine tobacco and bark of red willow and began.The Trail Book
She stuffed her fingers into her ears to shut out the sound of her brother's cries.The Boy Life of Napoleon
We stuffed the pink dainties with mint, and baked them in balls of clay.In the Valley
A shoulder of veal may be stuffed and roasted in a similar manner.
They may he stuffed with force-meat and roasted, basting them with butter.
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for stuff
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.
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).
In addition to the idioms beginning with stuff
- stuff and nonsense
- stuffed shirt
- stuff it
- stuff one's face
- stuff the ballot box
- get stuffed
- hot number (stuff)
- kid stuff
- know one's stuff
- strut one's stuff