stuff·ing | \ˈstə-fiŋ \

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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Serves: 4 / Prep time: 30 minutes / Total time: 45 minutes Serve Hashweh as a side dish, stuffing, with eggs or hummus. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant of the Year Classic: Three simple Lebanese recipes from Phoenicia," 11 Feb. 2018 Mexico's second goal could have knocked the stuffing out of South Korea as Hernandez cut inside his marker and scuffed a finish past a helpless Cho, but still the 2002 semi finalists continued to fight and attempt to mount a comeback., "South Korea 1-2 Mexico: El Tri Put One Foot in Last 16 Despite Late Screamer From Son," 23 June 2018 Here’s a syrah with all the stuffing and polish the grape is capable of yielding but which is so rarely found in California. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "This year's best local wine you can (mostly) get for under $20," 20 June 2018 The most jarring for me -- and effective, in setting the tone -- was seeing Thanos beat the stuffing out of the Hulk right off the bat. Frank Pallotta And Brian Lowry, CNN, "A spoiler-y discussion about Marvel's 'Avengers' mashup," 30 Apr. 2018 Preparing the stuffing is one of those culinary tasks certain men like to take on. Kim Severson, New York Times, "In This Corner of Maryland, Holidays Mean a Stuffed Ham," 19 Mar. 2018 Imagine eating heaping plates of your favorite foods -- etouffee, gumbo or stuffing -- and still feeling good and maintaining a healthy body. Ann Maloney,, "Vegan etouffee? Don't knock till you try it, cookbook author says," 2 June 2017 The Interior Ministry said the June 10 blaze was confined to a storage unit holding the electronic machinery introduced in the election to speed up the vote count and protect against ballot stuffing, and insisted the ballots were secure. NBC News, "Iraq set for election recount amid fraud claims," 22 June 2018 Water Street Brewery adds homemade stuffing to the meat mixture and slathers the entire thing with WSB Amber beer gravy and Wisconsin cranberry sauce. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sporkies 2018 finalists highlight everything fried, delicious and totally weird at the Wisconsin State Fair," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of stuffing

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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