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stuff

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noun \ˈstəf\

Simple Definition of stuff

  • : materials, supplies, or equipment

  • : a group or pile of things that are not specifically described

  • —used to speak in a general way about something that is talked about, written about, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stuff

  1. 1 :  materials, supplies, or equipment used in various activities: asa obsolete :  military baggageb :  personal property

  2. 2 :  material to be manufactured, wrought, or used in construction <clear half-inch pine stuff — Emily Holt>

  3. 3 :  a finished textile suitable for clothing; especially :  wool or worsted material

  4. 4a :  literary or artistic productionb :  writing, discourse, talk, or ideas of little value :  trash

  5. 5a :  an unspecified material substance or aggregate of matter <volcanic rock is curious stuff>b :  something (as a drug or food) consumed or introduced into the body by humansc :  a matter to be considered <the truth was heady stuff> <long-term policy stuff>d :  a group or scattering of miscellaneous objects or articles <pick that stuff up off the floor>; also :  nonphysical unspecified material <conservation and…all kinds of good stuff — Eric Korn>

  6. 6a :  fundamental material :  substance <the stuff of greatness>b :  subject matter <a teacher who knows her stuff>

  7. 7 :  special knowledge or capability <showing their stuff>

  8. 8a :  spin imparted to a thrown or hit ball to make it curve or change courseb :  the movement of a baseball pitch out of its apparent line of flight :  the liveliness of a pitch <greatest pitcher of my time…had tremendous stuff — Ted Williams>

  9. 9 :  dunk shot

stuffless adjective

Examples of stuff in a sentence

  1. She got out the cooking stuff to bake some cookies.

  2. computers, word processors, and stuff like that

  3. I need a place to store my stuff.

  4. Pick that stuff up off the floor.



Origin of stuff

Middle English, from Anglo-French estuffes goods, from estuffer to fill in (with rubble), furnish, equip, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German stopfōn to stop up, from Vulgar Latin *stuppare — more at stop


First Known Use: 14th century


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stuff

transitive verb

Simple Definition of stuff

  • : to fill (something) so that there is no room for anything else

  • : to push (something) quickly and carelessly into a small space

  • : to put a seasoned mixture of food into (something that is being cooked)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stuff

  1. 1a :  to fill by packing things in :  cram <the boy stuffed his pockets with candy>b :  to fill to satiety :  surfeit <stuffed themselves with turkey>c :  to prepare (meat or vegetables) by filling or lining with a stuffingd :  to fill (as a cushion) with a soft materiale :  to fill out the skin of (an animal) for mounting

  2. 2a :  to fill by intellectual effort <stuffing their heads with facts>b :  to pack full of something immaterial <a book stuffed with information>

  3. 3 :  to fill or block up (as nasal passages)

  4. 4a :  to cause to enter or fill :  thrust <stuffed a lot of clothing into a laundry bag>b :  to put (as a ball or puck) into a goal forcefully from close range

  5. 5 —used in the imperative to express contempt <if they didn't like it, stuff 'em — Eric Clapton> ; often used in the phrases stuff it and get stuffed

  6. 6 :  to stop (a ballcarrier) abruptly in a football game <stuffed the runner just short of a first down>

Examples of stuff in a sentence

  1. The boy stuffed his pockets with candy.

  2. She stuffed the laundry bag full.



15th Century

First Known Use of stuff

15th century



STUFF Defined for Kids

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stuff

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noun \ˈstəf\

Definition of stuff for Students

  1. 1 :  materials, supplies, or equipment that people need or use <We helped move his stuff to the new apartment.>

  2. 2 :  writing, speech, sounds, actions, or ideas of little value <… some of the boys act so immature, making monkey sounds and stuff. — Paula Danziger, Amber Brown>

  3. 3 :  something mentioned or understood but not named <Wipe that stuff off your face.>

  4. 4 :  basic part of something :  substance <The floor is made of tough stuff.> <She shows the stuff of greatness.>




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Definition of stuff for Students

stuffedstuffing

  1. 1 :  to force into something :  thrust <She stuffed the clothes into a drawer.>

  2. 2 :  to fill by packing or crowding things in :  cram <I stuffed the suitcases.>

  3. 3 :  overeat, gorge

  4. 4 :  to fill with a stuffing <stuff a turkey>

  5. 5 :  to block up :  congest <His nose is stuffed.>




Medical Dictionary

stuff

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transitive verb \ˈstəf\

Medical Definition of stuff

  1. :  to choke or block up (as nasal passages) <a stuffed up nose>





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