a thick, tubular case for the hands, covered with fur or other material, used by women and girls for warmth and as a handbag.
a bungled or clumsy action or performance.
Sports. a failure to hold onto a ball that may reasonably be expected to be caught successfully.
a tuft of feathers on the sides of the head of certain fowls.
Slang: Vulgar. a woman’s pubic area.
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verb (used with object)
Informal. to bungle; handle clumsily:
He muffed a good opportunity.
Sports. to fail to hold onto (a ball that may reasonably be expected to be caught successfully); fumble.
verb (used without object)
Informal. to bungle; perform clumsily.
an open-ended cylinder of fur or cloth into which the hands are placed for warmth
the tuft on either side of the head of certain fowls
to perform (an action) awkwardly
(transitive) to bungle (a shot, catch, etc) in a game
any unskilful play in a game, esp a dropped catch
any clumsy or bungled action
“warm covering for the hands,” 1590s, from Dutch mof “a muff,” shortened from Middle Dutch moffel “mitten, muff,” from Middle French moufle “mitten,” from Old French mofle “thick glove, large mitten, handcuffs” (9c.), from Medieval Latin muffula “a muff,” of unknown origin. In 17c.-18c. also worn by men. Meaning “vulva and pubic hair” is from 1690s; muff-diver “one who performs cunnilingus” is from 1935.
“to bungle,” 1827, pugilism slang, probably related to muff (n.) “awkward person” (1837), perhaps from muff (n.) on notion of someone clumsy because his hands are in a muff. Related: Muffed; muffing.
To fail; botch, esp by clumsiness •The older example refers to playing cricket: This is a ripe one. Don’t muff it, Billy (1837+)
[verb sense fr the clumsiness of someone wearing a muff on the hands]
- Muffin man
noun 1. (Brit) (formerly) an itinerant seller of muffins
noun 1. a small stand having several tiers for holding muffins, cakes, etc., and a tea service.
[muhf-in] /ˈmʌf ɪn/ noun 1. an individual cup-shaped quick bread made with wheat flour, cornmeal, or the like, and baked in a pan (muffin pan) containing a series of cuplike forms. 2. . /ˈmʌfɪn/ noun 1. (Brit) a thick round baked yeast roll, usually toasted and served with butter 2. (US & Canadian) a small […]
noun 1. a crisp, flat muffin that resembles the top portion of a typical muffin. 2. Informal. a roll of excess fat that hangs out over a person’s waist when wearing a garment with a tight waistband. noun 1. (informal) a roll of flesh spilling over the top of a tight skirt or trousers, esp […]