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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The cotton stuffing is lightweight, soft, and breathable. Tim Kohut, BGR, 24 May 2021 Because the streets are occupied by moving objects, including heavy ones that can knock the stuffing out of you. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Or, alternately, get the stuffing beaten out of them. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 16 May 2021 Hot Italian sausage, red bell peppers, and panko serve as the delicious stuffing. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2021 Fold the tortilla in half, enclosing the stuffing and pinching the seams. Diana Davila, Robb Report, 4 May 2021 The stuffing is also good to bake on top of cod or halibut fillets. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2021 The difference in these products lies in the polyfill stuffing. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 22 Apr. 2021 The Dora Milaje start beating the stuffing out of him in what is unquestionably my favorite scene of the episode. Christian Holub,, 9 Apr. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Stuffing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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