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muff

noun \ ˈməf \

Definition of muff

:a warm tubular covering for the hands

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Origin and Etymology of muff

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


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muff

verb

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 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


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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


MUFF Defined for English Language Learners

muff

verb

Definition of muff for English Language Learners

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


MUFF Defined for Kids

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muff

noun \ ˈməf \

Definition of muff for Students

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

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muff

verb

Definition of muff for Students

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

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