[ stuhf-ing ]
/ ˈstʌf ɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that stuffs.
a material or substance used to stuff something.
seasoned bread crumbs or other filling used to stuff a chicken, turkey, etc., before cooking.
Informal. internal parts; insides: to beat the stuffing out of an opponent.

Origin of stuffing

First recorded in 1520–30; stuff + -ing1

Related forms

un·der·stuff·ing, noun

Definition for stuffing (2 of 2)


[ stuhf ]
/ stʌf /


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 forms

Synonym study

1–3. See matter. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stuffing

British Dictionary definitions for stuffing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈstʌfɪŋ) /


the material with which something is stuffed
a mixture of chopped and seasoned ingredients with which poultry, meat, etc, is stuffed before cooking
knock the stuffing out of someone to upset or dishearten someone completely

British Dictionary definitions for stuffing (2 of 2)


/ (stʌf) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived Forms

stuffer, 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


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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Idioms and Phrases with stuffing


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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