muff


1muff

noun \ˈməf\

Definition of MUFF

:  a warm tubular covering for the hands

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Origin of MUFF

Dutch mof, from Middle French moufle mitten, from Medieval Latin muffula
First Known Use: 1599

2muff

verb

: to make a mistake in doing or handling (something)

Full Definition of MUFF

transitive verb
1
:  to handle awkwardly
2
:  to fail to hold (a ball) when attempting a catch
intransitive verb
1
:  to act or do something stupidly or clumsily
2
:  to muff a ball — compare fumble

Examples of MUFF

  1. He muffed his chance for a promotion.
  2. The outfielder muffed an easy catch.

Illustration of MUFF

Origin of MUFF

probably from 1muff
First Known Use: 1846

3muff

noun

Definition of MUFF

1
:  a bungling performance
2
:  a failure to hold a ball in attempting a catch

First Known Use of MUFF

1867

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