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stuff

noun \ ˈstəf \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of stuff

1 : materials, supplies, or equipment used in various activities: such as
a obsolete : military baggage
2 : material to be manufactured, wrought, or used in construction
  • clear half-inch pine stuff
  • —Emily Holt
3 : a finished textile suitable for clothing; especially : wool or worsted material
4 a : literary or artistic production
b : writing, discourse, talk, or ideas of little value : trash
5 a : 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 humans
c : 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 a : fundamental material : substance
  • the stuff of greatness
b : subject matter
  • a teacher who knows her stuff
7 : special knowledge or capability
  • showing their stuff
8 a : spin imparted to a thrown or hit ball to make it curve or change course
b : 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 : 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.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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stuff

verb

Definition of stuff

transitive verb
1 a : 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 stuffing
d : to fill (something, such as a cushion) with a soft material
e : to fill out the skin of (an animal) for mounting
2 a : to fill by intellectual effort
  • stuffing their heads with facts
b : to pack full of something immaterial
  • a book stuffed with information
3 : to fill or block up (something, such as nasal passages)
4 a : to cause to enter or fill : thrust
  • stuffed a lot of clothing into a laundry bag
b : to put (a ball, a puck, etc.) into a goal forcefully from close range
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 : 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.

Recent Examples of stuff from the Web

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First Known Use of stuff

15th century

stuff Synonyms

Synonyms
block, bung, dam, pack, plug, stop, fill
Antonyms
clear, free, open (up), unblock, unclog, unplug, unstop
Related Words
choke, clog, close (off), clot, congest, jam, obstruct, occlude; caulk, chink, seal; repack, restuff
Near Antonyms
excavate, hollow (out), scoop (out), shovel

STUFF Defined for English Language Learners

stuff

noun

Definition of stuff for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


stuff

verb

Definition of stuff for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


STUFF Defined for Kids

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stuff

noun \ ˈstəf \

Definition of stuff for Students

1 : materials, supplies, or equipment that people need or use
  • We helped move his stuff to the new apartment.
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 : something mentioned or understood but not named
  • Wipe that stuff off your face.
4 : basic part of something : substance
  • The floor is made of tough stuff.
  • She shows the stuff of greatness.

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stuff

verb

Definition of stuff for Students

stuffed; stuffing
1 : to force into something : thrust
  • She stuffed the clothes into a drawer.
2 : to fill by packing or crowding things in : cram
  • I stuffed the suitcases.
3 : overeat, gorge
4 : to fill with a stuffing
  • stuff a turkey
5 : to block up : congest
  • His nose is stuffed.

Medical Dictionary

stuff

transitive verb \ ˈstəf \

medical Definition of stuff

: to choke or block up (as nasal passages)
  • a stuffed up nose


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