stuff·​ing | \ ˈstə-fiŋ How to pronounce stuffing (audio) \

Definition of stuffing

: material used to stuff or fill: such as
a : a soft material (such as cotton or polyester) used to fill upholstered furniture, cushions, bedding, etc.
b : a seasoned mixture (as of bread crumbs, vegetables, and butter) that is typically placed inside the cavity of a turkey, pepper, etc. and cooked

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Synonyms for stuffing


fill, filler, filling, padding, wadding

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Examples of stuffing in a Sentence

Would you like more stuffing? never heard of using goose down as stuffing for comforters until she moved to a cold climate

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About 9,400 pounds of turkey, 6,250 pounds of stuffing and green beans, 4,688 pounds of cranberry sauce and yams, 32, 000 rolls, 650 pounds of gravy and 3,000 pumpkin pies were served. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio’s matriarch of annual Jimenez dinner left legacy of service," 6 June 2019 The sewing and stuffing crew has donated bears to the sheriff’s Ramona station and recently donated 100 more bears to the Lakeside and Santee stations. Maureen Robertson, Ramona Sentinel, "News Briefs: Bow Wow Pow Wow, school plan public hearing," 5 June 2019 The Bulgarian bag is essentially a nicer iteration of the sandbag, thanks to its soft leather covering, crescent shape that fits snugly around the shoulders, easy-to-grip straps, and stuffing of both sand and wool. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is the Bulgarian Bag? All About Halle Berry’s New Favorite Strength Training Tool," 6 Mar. 2019 Voters appeared to be turning in out in larger numbers Sunday than in Russia’s last presidential election in 2012, when Putin faced a serious opposition movement and violations like multiple voting, ballot stuffing and coercion marred the voting., "Russia votes but outcome is clear: 6 more years of Putin," 18 Mar. 2018 Besides the traditional salads, stuffings, and soups, chestnuts pair well with pretty much all of your favorite fall and winter flavors, including apples, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turkey, pork, sage, thyme, and mushroom. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "4 Surprising Health Benefits of Chestnuts," 13 Dec. 2018 Carefully roll the roast and tie every two inches with kitchen string, keeping the stuffing intact. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Porchetta Recipe," 2 Jan. 2011 Unlike Thanksgiving, where stuffing and cranberry sauce are pretty much mandatory, Easter doesn’t demand any specific side dishes-- especially since everybody knows there will be plenty of candy after the meal. Fox News, "9 Easter side dishes perfect for Sunday brunch," 14 Apr. 2017 Then, the veal with its stuffing of chard, a vegetable that is in constant use in Provence. Joan Nathan, New York Times, "A Seder Feast in Provence, With Roots in Ancient Rome," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stuffing

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stuffing was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stuffing

: soft material that is used to fill a pillow, cushion, etc.
: a seasoned mixture of food that is put inside another food and cooked


stuff·​ing | \ ˈstə-fiŋ How to pronounce stuffing (audio) \

Kids Definition of stuffing

1 : a mixture (as of bread crumbs and seasonings) used to stuff a food (as meat or a vegetable)
2 : material used in filling up something The stuffing is coming out of our couch.

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