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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Things have to appear professional and orderly; ballot-stuffing and vote-count adjustments should occur out of sight., "The banality of Putin's Potemkin elections," 13 Mar. 2018 Through the Years Part of the cultural landscape since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become as synonymous with the holiday as turkey and stuffing. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 2018 Information and Event History," 21 Nov. 2018 The wine also has lots of crisp red fruit and a lively acidity that can take on the turkey, the stuffing and just about anything else. 2. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving," 16 Nov. 2018 Follow this quick and easy recipe to make delicious stuffing from scratch. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Traditional Bread Stuffing With Herbs," 7 Nov. 2018 Use the turkey gizzards and neck bone to make stock and stuffing. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Roast a Turkey if You've Never Done It Before," 20 Nov. 2018 In the end, all that wine, pie, and stuffing will be worth it. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Best Times To Travel For Thanksgiving 2018," 16 Nov. 2018 All of the pieces coming from BelkaUA are made to order, lined with felt and filled with hypo-allergenic polyester stuffing. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "You'll Be Dreaming Of This 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Mobile, Even If You Don't Have Kids," 2 Oct. 2018 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. Washington Post, "Iraq set for election recount to salvage tainted result," 21 June 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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