I. noun Etymology: 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 Date: 14th century 1. materials, supplies, or equipment used in various activities: as a. obsolete military baggage b. personal property 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 4. a. literary or artistic production b. writing, discourse, talk, or ideas of little value ; trash 5. a. 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
6. a. fundamental material ; substance <
the stuff of greatness
b. subject matter <
a teacher who knows her stuff
7. special knowledge or capability <
showing their stuff
8. a. 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 shotstuffless adjective II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. a. 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 (as a cushion) with a soft material e. to fill out the skin of (an animal) for mounting 2. a. 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 (as nasal passages) 4. a. to cause to enter or fill ; thrust <
stuffed a lot of clothing into a laundry bag
b. to put (as a ball or puck) 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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