\ ˈməf How to pronounce muff (audio) \

Definition of muff

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a warm tubular covering for the hands

muff

verb
muffed; muffing; muffs

Definition of muff (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Definition of muff (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Noun (1)

In the meaning defined above

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Examples of muff in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of muff

Noun (1)

1599, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1846, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for muff

Noun (1)

Dutch mof, from Middle French moufle mitten, from Medieval Latin muffula

Verb

probably from muff entry 1

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“Muff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muff. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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muff

verb

English Language Learners Definition of muff

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

muff

noun
\ ˈməf How to pronounce muff (audio) \

Kids Definition of muff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft thick cover into which both hands can be placed to protect them from cold

muff

verb
muffed; muffing

Kids Definition of muff (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a mistake in doing or handling He muffed an easy catch.

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