Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The material out of which something is made or formed; substance.
  • n. The essential substance or elements; essence: "We are such stuff/As dreams are made on” ( Shakespeare).
  • n. Informal Unspecified material: Put that stuff over there.
  • n. Informal Household or personal articles considered as a group.
  • n. Informal Worthless objects.
  • n. Slang Specific talk or actions: Don't give me that stuff about being tired.
  • n. Sports The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.
  • n. Sports The spin, english, curve, or speed imparted to a ball: "where we could watch the stuff, mainly curves, that the pitchers were putting on the ball” ( James Henry Gray).
  • n. Basketball A dunk shot.
  • n. Special capability: The team really showed its stuff and won the championship.
  • n. Chiefly British Woven material, especially woolens.
  • n. Slang Money; cash.
  • n. Slang A drug, especially one that is illegal or habit-forming.
  • transitive v. To pack (a container) tightly; cram: stuff a Christmas stocking.
  • transitive v. To block (a passage); plug: stuff a crack with caulking.
  • transitive v. Basketball To block (a shot or an opponent who is shooting), especially before the ball leaves the shooter's hands.
  • transitive v. To place forcefully into a container or space; thrust: stuffed laundry into the bag.
  • transitive v. Sports To shoot (a ball or puck) forcefully into the goal from close range.
  • transitive v. Basketball To dunk (the ball).
  • transitive v. To fill with an appropriate stuffing: stuff a pillow.
  • transitive v. To fill (an animal skin) to restore its natural form for mounting or display.
  • transitive v. To cram with food.
  • transitive v. To fill (the mind): His head is stuffed with silly notions.
  • transitive v. To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).
  • transitive v. To apply a preservative and softening agent to (leather).
  • intransitive v. To overeat; gorge.
  • idiom stuff it Vulgar Slang Used as an intensive to express extreme anger, frustration, or disgust.
  • idiom stuff (one's) face Slang To eat greedily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Miscellaneous items; things; (with possessive) personal effects.
  • n. The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.
  • n. A material for making clothing; a textile, often especially a woollen fabric.
  • n. Abstract substance or character.
  • n. Used as placeholder for material of unknown type or name.
  • n. Substitution for trivial details.
  • n. Narcotic drugs, especially heroin.
  • v. To fill (something) up in a compressed manner.
  • v. To fill a space with (something) in a compressed manner.
  • v. To sate.
  • v. To be broken.
  • v. To sexually penetrate.
  • v. To be cut off in a race by having one's projected and committed racing line (trajectory) disturbed by an abrupt manoeuvre by a competitor.
  • v. to conserve a dead animal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Material which is to be worked up in any process of manufacture.
  • n. The fundamental material of which anything is made up; elemental part; essence.
  • n. Woven material not made into garments; fabric of any kind; specifically, any one of various fabrics of wool or worsted; sometimes, worsted fiber.
  • n. Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.
  • n. A medicine or mixture; a potion.
  • n. Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language; nonsense; trash.
  • n. A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication.
  • n. Paper stock ground ready for use.
  • transitive v. To fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess.
  • transitive v. To thrust or crowd; to press; to pack.
  • transitive v. To fill by being pressed or packed into.
  • transitive v. To fill with a seasoning composition of bread, meat, condiments, etc..
  • transitive v. To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration.
  • transitive v. To fill the skin of, for the purpose of preserving as a specimen; -- said of birds or other animals.
  • transitive v. To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.
  • transitive v. To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.
  • transitive v. To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).
  • intransitive v. To feed gluttonously; to cram.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Substance or material in some definite state, form, or situation; any particular kind, mass, or aggregation of matter or things; material in some distinct or limited sense, whether raw, or wrought or to be wrought into form.
  • n. Incorporeal or psychical substance of some special kind; that which arises from or constitutes mind, character, or quality; any immaterial effluence, influence, principle, or essence. See mind-stuff.
  • n. Goods; possessions in a general sense; baggage: now chiefly in the phrase household stuff.
  • n. Something made up, or prepared or designed, for some specific use.
  • n. A preparation of any kind to be swallowed, as food, drink, or medicine.
  • n. Ready money; cash; means in general.
  • n. A preparation or composition for use in some industrial process or operation.
  • n. Among the many things technically known as stuff in this sense are ground paper-stock ready for use, the material before the final preparation being called half-stock;
  • n. the composition of tallow with various oils, wax, etc. (also called dubbing), used in a hot state by curriers to fill the pores of leather;
  • n. the similar composition of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and other parts of wooden ships are smeared for preservation;
  • n. the mixture of alum and salt used by bakers for whitening bread. For others, see phrases below.
  • n. Unwrought matter; raw material to be worked over, or to be used in making or producing something: as, bread stuffs (see bread-stuff); food stuff; rough stuff (for carpenters' use); the vein-stuff of mines.
  • n. Refuse or useless material; that which is to be rejected or east aside; in mining, attle or rubbish.
  • n. Intellectual trash or rubbish; foolish or irrational expression; fustian; twaddle: often in the exclamatory phrase stuff and nonsense!
  • n. Supply or amount of something; stock; provision; quantity; extent; vigor.
  • Made of stuff, especially of light woolen fabric.
  • To fill with any kind of stuff or loose material; cram full; load to excess; crowd with something: as, to stuff the ears with cotton.
  • Specifically, to fill with stuffing or packing; cram the cavity of with material suitable for the special use or occasion: as, to stuff a cushion or a bedtick; to stuff a turkey or a leg of veal for roasting.
  • To cause to appear stuffed; puff or swell out; distend.
  • To fill the prepared skin of (an animal), for the purpose of restoring and preserving its natural form and appearance: the process includes wiring and mounting. See taxidermy and stuffing, n., 3.
  • Figuratively, to fill, cram, or crowd with something of an immaterial nature: as, to stuff a poem with mawkish sentiment.
  • To use as stuffing or filling; dispose of by crowding, cramming, or packing.
  • To constitute a filling for: be crowded into; occupy so as to fill completely.
  • To apply stuff to; treat with stuff, in some technical sense. See stuff, n., 4 .
  • To stock or supply; provide with a quota or outfit; furnish; replenish.
  • To deceive with humorous intent; gull.
  • To eat greedily; play the glutton.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. miscellaneous unspecified objects
  • v. obstruct
  • n. unspecified qualities required to do or be something
  • n. senseless talk
  • n. information in some unspecified form
  • v. fill with a stuffing while cooking
  • v. fill tightly with a material
  • v. overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
  • v. press or force
  • n. informal terms for personal possessions
  • n. the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  • v. treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting
  • n. a critically important or characteristic component
  • v. cram into a cavity

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French estoffe, from estoffer, to equip, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Middle English stuffen ("to equip, furnish"), from Old French estoffer ("to provide what is necessary, equip, stuff"), from Frankish *stopfōn, *stoppōn (“to cram, plug, stuff”), from Proto-Germanic *stuppōnan (“to clog up, block, fill”). Cognate with Old High German stoffōn, stopfōn ("to plug, stuff"), Old English stoppian ("to stop up, close") and Albanian shtyp ("to press, squeeze, stuff"). More at stop. (Wiktionary)

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  • He's got his stuff, for instance

    November 17, 2008