• (British, America) IPA: /mʌf/

muff (plural muffs)

  1. (historical) A piece of fur or cloth, usually with open ends, used for keeping the hands warm.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  2. (slang) Female pubic hair; the vulva.
  3. (glassblowing) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
  4. The feathers sticking out from both sides of the face under the beak of some birds.
  5. A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object such as a pipe.
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  • Russian: муфта

muff (plural muffs)

  1. (colloquial) A fool, a stupid or poor-spirited person. [from 19th c.]
    • a muff of a curate
  2. (slang, chiefly sports) An error, a mistake; a failure to hold a ball when once in the hands. [from 19th c.]
  3. A bird, the whitethroat.
Translations Verb

muff (muffs, present participle muffing; past and past participle muffed)

  1. (sport) To drop or mishandle (the ball, a catch etc.); to play badly. [from 19th c.]
  2. To mishandle; to bungle. [from 1920s]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 69:
      Here was the superlative opportunity to make a generous and lasting settlement from a position of strength; but the pieds noirs, like the Israelis, and from not altogether dissimilar motives, were to muff it.

muff (plural muffs)

  1. (slang) A muffin.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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