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Definition of stuff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : materials, supplies, or equipment used in various activities: such as
a obsolete : military baggage
2 : material to be manufactured, wrought, or used in construction clear half-inch pine stuff— Emily Holt
3 : a finished textile suitable for clothing especially : wool or worsted material
4a : literary or artistic production
b : writing, discourse, talk, or ideas of little value : trash
5a : an unspecified material substance or aggregate of matter volcanic rock is curious stuff
b : something (as a drug or food) consumed or introduced into the body by humans
c : a matter to be considered the truth was heady stuff long-term policy stuff
d : a group or scattering of miscellaneous objects or articles pick that stuff up off the floor also : nonphysical unspecified material conservation and … all kinds of good stuff — Eric Korn
6a : fundamental material : substance the stuff of greatness
b : subject matter a teacher who knows her stuff
7 : special knowledge or capability showing their stuff
8a : spin imparted to a thrown or hit ball to make it curve or change course
b : the movement of a baseball pitch out of its apparent line of flight : the liveliness of a pitch greatest pitcher of my time … had tremendous stuff— Ted Williams
9 : dunk shot


stuffed; stuffing; stuffs

Definition of stuff (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to fill by packing things in : cram the boy stuffed his pockets with candy
b : to fill to satiety : surfeit stuffed themselves with turkey
c : to prepare (meat or vegetables) by filling or lining with a stuffing
d : to fill (something, such as a cushion) with a soft material
e : to fill out the skin of (an animal) for mounting
2a : to fill by intellectual effort stuffing their heads with facts
b : to pack full of something immaterial a book stuffed with information
3 : to fill or block up (something, such as nasal passages)
4a : to cause to enter or fill : thrust stuffed a lot of clothing into a laundry bag
b : to put (a ball, a puck, etc.) into a goal forcefully from close range
5 used in the imperative to express contempt if they didn't like it, stuff 'em— Eric Clapton often used in the phrases stuff it and get stuffed
6 : to stop (a ballcarrier) abruptly in a football game stuffed the runner just short of a first down

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Other Words from stuff


stuffless adjective

Synonyms for stuff

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of stuff in a Sentence

Noun She got out the cooking stuff to bake some cookies. computers, word processors, and stuff like that I need a place to store my stuff. Pick that stuff up off the floor. Verb The boy stuffed his pockets with candy. She stuffed the laundry bag full.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes, making sure all the dry stuff is integrated. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 June 2021 In most cases where a Special Motion is filed, however, the abusive stuff is the heart of the case and snuffing it out means that the rest of the case will die for lack of substance. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 31 May 2021 So definitely had to re-record a lot of pronunciation stuff. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 31 May 2021 Posey is not talking contract these days, seemingly willing to just play ball and let the contract stuff sort itself out. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 Oftentimes, some distant relative finds the stuff in an attic and gets rid of them, sometimes a descendant just needs some pocket money. Ben Kesling, WSJ, 28 May 2021 It’s one of the great ironies (there’s a ’90s idea for you) that the streaming wars have triggered both a massive influx of new original content and led scores of people to rewatch the old stuff. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 28 May 2021 The experts suggest laying out all the stuff—literally, in a room; or digitally, in a spreadsheet—and having family members go through rounds in age order, selecting a single piece. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, 27 May 2021 The fourth-quarter stuff will appeal to fans who wondered why every close game under Herman was basically a coin flip. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb My instinct was to avoid the program, the way Odysseus steered from the island of the Sirens by making his sailors stuff their ears with wax and tie him to the mast. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 That’s because Andrew Johnson aficionados always stuff the ballot box. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 13 May 2021 There are handwritten notes from functionaries, and petitions that desperate citizens stuff into the pockets of visitors entering the Tuileries Palace. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 Inside was a note ordering them to stuff two freezer bags with money and deposit them in a grit box—a kind of bin filled with sand for de-icing roads—in Britz, a section of Berlin. Jeff Maysh, The New Yorker, 18 May 2021 Where the regular Outback would stuff its nose or drag its belly, the Wilderness cleared. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 17 May 2021 Bonus points to families who stuff the hotdogs with cheese and wrap them in bacon. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 10 May 2021 These larger items result in a bulkier case, but the Traveler is still small enough to stuff under a front seat or stash away in your trunk without hogging too much space. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 Bertie is busy excavating her inner ghouls with the help of a therapist, while Tuca prefers to stuff hers behind the toilet. Megh Wright, Vulture, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of stuff


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stuff


Middle English, from Anglo-French estuffes goods, from estuffer to fill in (with rubble), furnish, equip, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German stopfōn to stop up, from Vulgar Latin *stuppare — more at stop

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The first known use of stuff was in the 14th century

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“Stuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stuff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: materials, supplies, or equipment
: a group or pile of things that are not specifically described
informal used to speak in a general way about something that is talked about, written about, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of stuff (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fill (something) so that there is no room for anything else
: to push (something) quickly and carelessly into a small space
: to put a seasoned mixture of food into (something that is being cooked)


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Kids Definition of stuff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : materials, supplies, or equipment that people need or use We helped move his stuff to the new apartment.
2 : writing, speech, sounds, actions, or ideas of little value … some of the boys act so immature, making monkey sounds and stuff.— Paula Danziger, Amber Brown
3 : something mentioned or understood but not named Wipe that stuff off your face.
4 : basic part of something : substance The floor is made of tough stuff. She shows the stuff of greatness.


stuffed; stuffing

Kids Definition of stuff (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to force into something : thrust She stuffed the clothes into a drawer.
2 : to fill by packing or crowding things in : cram I stuffed the suitcases.
3 : overeat, gorge
4 : to fill with a stuffing stuff a turkey
5 : to block up : congest His nose is stuffed.
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Medical Definition of stuff

: to choke or block up (as nasal passages) a stuffed up nose

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