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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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 The answer, Reynolds and Taghizadeh reason, is to look at the style of ’80s indie musicians who knocked the stuffing out of suiting and shirting, most notably one Mr. Nick Cave, but there are plenty of others. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Cobra S.C. Are Making the Shirts—and Pants and Jackets—You'll Want to Wear Now," 1 Feb. 2019 Additionally, it’s best practice to avoid microwaving stuffed, whole poultry, because the stuffing may not reach a high enough internal temperature to destroy bacteria. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "What You Need to Know About Reheating Food in the Microwave," 4 Sep. 2015 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

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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 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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