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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Remove all stuffing except that which is inside the animal’s front legs (or arms). Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Repurposed Stuffed Animal Costume," 9 Sep. 2019 From glitzy ornaments to glam makeup sets, below are a few delightful suggestions for your modern-day stocking stuffings from Saks Fifth Avenue. Need more gift ideas? Vogue, "Day 8: Stuff Your Stockings With Care," 12 Nov. 2018 Get the Scotch roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding or the roast breast of chicken with stuffing and bread sauce, and ask for a gravy boat. New York Times, "36 Hours in the Cotswolds," 17 May 2018 That’s why a lot of recycled cotton is used for things like making rags or stuffing cushions, and why brands that use recycled cotton in clothing only allow a limited amount. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "There’s never been a better time—or more need—to buy your clothes used," 16 Aug. 2019 With the handsome frame, the leather and stuffing could be restored. Brenda Yenke,, "Collecting lunar memorabilia: Yenke Peddler antiques," 15 Aug. 2019 Your guests will also probably be expecting some homemade gravy and turkey stuffing. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The Only Thanksgiving Shopping List You'll Ever Need," 7 Aug. 2019 Day-old pastries and bread (perfect for French toast or stuffing!) might be tucked into a small shelf near the bakery. Katie Workman, Twin Cities, "8 tips for saving money on groceries," 24 July 2019 The writer mentioned dehydrated bacon cubes and turkey gravy stuffing tied in fireproof ribbon and warmed by a hot air gun. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Space and booze, an anecdotal history," 6 July 2019

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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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