Pronunciation Noun

stuff (uncountable)

  1. (informal) Miscellaneous items or objects; (with possessive) personal effects.
    What is all that stuff on your bedroom floor?  He didn't want his pockets to bulge so he was walking around with all his stuff in his hands.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  2. (informal) Unspecified things or matters.
    I had to do some stuff.
  3. The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.
    Synonyms: matter, Thesaurus:substance
    • The workman on his stuff his skill doth show, / And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill.
  4. (archaic) A material for making clothing; any woven textile, but especially a woollen fabric.
    • 1857, The National Magazine (volumes 10-11, page 350)
      "And you can buy a dress for your wife off this piece of stuff," said Lisetta, who had always an eye to business.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, p.147:
      She was going out to buy some lengths of good woollen stuff for Louise's winter dresses.
  5. (archaic) Boards used for building.
  6. Abstract substance or character.
    • c.1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (play), Act 3, scene 2, 91–94:
      When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; / Ambition should be made of sterner stuff
    • c.1610, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4, scene 1, 156–157:
      We are such stuff / As dreams are made on
  7. (informal) Used as placeholder, usually for material of unknown type or name.
    Synonyms: doodad, thingamabob, Thesaurus:thingy
    Can I have some of that stuff on my ice-cream sundae?
  8. (slang) Narcotic drugs, especially heroin.
    Synonyms: dope, gear, Thesaurus:recreational drug
    • 1947, William Burroughs, letter, 11 March:
      For some idiotic reason the bureaucrats are more opposed to tea than to stuff.
    • 1975, Mary Sanches, ‎Ben G. Blount, Sociocultural Dimensions of Language Use (page 47)
      For example, one addict would crack shorts (break and enter cars) and usually obtain just enough stolen goods to buy stuff and get off just before getting sick.
  9. (obsolete, uncountable) Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.
    • He took away locks, and gave away the king's stuff.
  10. (obsolete) A medicine or mixture; a potion.
  11. (obsolete) Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language; nonsense; trash.
    Synonyms: garbage, rubbish, Thesaurus:trash
    • Anger would indite / Such woeful stuff as I or Shadwell write.
  12. (nautical) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication.
  13. Paper stock ground ready for use. When partly ground, it is called half stuff.
  14. (slang, dated) Money.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: шту́ка
  • Spanish: cosa
Translations Verb

stuff (stuffs, present participle stuffing; past and past participle stuffed)

  1. (transitive) To fill by packing or crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess.
    I'm going to stuff this pillow with feathers.
    • Lest the gods, for sin, / Should with a swelling dropsy stuff thy skin.
  2. (transitive) To fill a space with (something) in a compressed manner.
    He stuffed his clothes into the closet and shut the door.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      Put them [roses] into a.. glass, with narrow mouths, stuffing them close together […] and [they] retain […] smell […] [and] colour.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      The Rabbit could not claim to be a model of anything, for he didn’t know that real rabbits existed; he thought they were all stuffed with sawdust like himself, and he understood that sawdust was quite out-of-date and should never be mentioned in modern circles.
  3. (Should we delete([§ion=new&preload=Template:rfd-redundant/preload&preloadtitle=%5B%5Bstuff%23rfd-redundant-notice-en-%7cstuff%5D%5D +]) this redundant sense?) (transitive, cooking) To fill with seasoning.
    She stuffed the turkey for Thanksgiving using her secret recipe.
  4. (transitive) To load goods into (a container) for transport.
  5. (transitive, used in the passive) To sate.
    I’m stuffed after having eaten all that turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious stuffing.
  6. (pronominal) To eat, especially in a hearty or greedy manner.
    Synonyms: fill one's face, feed one's face, stuff one's face
    She sits on the sofa all day, watching TV and stuffing herself with cream buns.
  7. (transitive, British, Australia, New Zealand) To break; to destroy.
    He skidded off the road and totally stuffed his brand new car.
  8. (transitive, vulgar, British, Australia, New Zealand) To sexually penetrate.
    Synonyms: fuck, root, screw
    His wife came home early and found him on the couch stuffing the maid.
  9. (transitive, mildly vulgar, often imperative) Used to contemptuously dismiss or reject something. See also stuff it.
    Stuff your stupid rules, I'll do what I like.
  10. (informal) To heavily defeat or get the better of.
    Mudchester Rovers were stuffed 7-0 in the semi-final.
    They totally stuffed us in that business deal.
  11. (transitive) To cut off another competitor in a race by disturbing his projected and committed racing line (trajectory) by an abrupt manoeuvre.
    I got stuffed by that guy on the supermoto going into that turn, almost causing us to crash.
  12. To preserve a dead bird or other animal by filling its skin.
  13. (transitive) To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration.
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iv]:
      I'm stuffed, cousin; I cannot smell.
  14. (Should we delete([§ion=new&preload=Template:rfd-redundant/preload&preloadtitle=%5B%5Bstuff%23rfd-redundant-notice-en-%7cstuff%5D%5D +]) this redundant sense?) (transitive) To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.
    • 1724, Jonathan Swift, Drapier's Letters, 5
      An Eastern king put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal.
  15. (transitive, dated) To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.
  16. (transitive, computing) To compress (a file or files) in the StuffIt format, to be unstuffed later.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: заполня́ть
  • Italian: essere pieno, essere satollo
  • Russian: насытиться
  • Spanish: llenar
  • Russian: насытить
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: совать

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