1

muff

noun \ ˈməf \

Definition of muff

: a warm tubular covering for the hands

Illustration of muff

illustration of muff

Origin and Etymology of muff

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


2

muff

verb

Definition of muff

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

Examples of muff in a Sentence

  1. He muffed his chance for a promotion.

  2. The outfielder muffed an easy catch.

Origin and Etymology of muff

probably from 1muff


3

muff

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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

MUFF Defined for English Language Learners

muff

Definition of muff for English Language Learners

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


MUFF Defined for Kids

1

muff

noun \ ˈməf \

Definition of muff for Students

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

2

muff

verb

Definition of muff for Students

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

Learn More about muff


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up muff? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

good-natured ridicule

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!