the material of which anything is made:
a hard, crystalline stuff.
material to be worked upon or to be used in making something:
wood, steel, and other stuff for building.
material of some unspecified kind:
a cushion filled with some soft stuff.
Chiefly British. woven material or fabric, especially wool.
property, as personal belongings or equipment; things.
something to be swallowed, as food, drink, or medicine.
inward character, qualities, or capabilities:
to have good stuff in one.
Informal. action or talk of a particular kind:
kid stuff; Cut out the rough stuff.
worthless things or matter:
to clean the stuff out of a closet.
Synonyms: junk, debris, litter; refuse, waste, rubbish, trash.
worthless or foolish ideas, talk, or writing:
a lot of stuff and nonsense.
Synonyms: blather, gibberish, rigmarole, nonsense, twaddle, claptrap, balderdash.
Baseball. the assortment of pitches that a pitcher uses in a game together with the ability to deliver them in the proper manner at the right speed to the desired spot:
He saved his best stuff for the tougher hitters in the lineup.
spin or speed imparted to a ball, as by a baseball pitcher, a bowler, or a tennis player:
a pitch with plenty of stuff.
Informal. journalistic, literary, artistic, dramatic, musical, or other compositions or performances:
Bach composed some splendid stuff.
Informal. one’s trade, skill, field, facts, etc.:
She knows her stuff.
Slang. any kind of drug, especially an illicit one.
Also called stock. Papermaking. refined and beaten wet pulp ready for spreading on the wire.
verb (used with object)
to fill (a receptacle), especially by packing the contents closely together; cram full.
to fill (an aperture, cavity, etc.) by forcing something into it.
to fill or line with some kind of material as a padding or packing.
to fill or cram (oneself, one’s stomach, etc.) with food.
to fill (meat, vegetables, etc.) with seasoned bread crumbs or other savory matter.
to fill the preserved skin of (a dead animal) with material, retaining its natural form and appearance for display.
to put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).
to thrust or cram (something) into a receptacle, cavity, or the like.
Synonyms: jam, compress, press, ram; stow.
to pack tightly in a confined place; crowd together.
to crowd (a vehicle, room, etc.) with persons.
to clutter or fill (the mind) with facts, details, etc.
(in leather manufacturing) to treat (a skin, hide, etc.) with a composition of tallow and other ingredients.
to stop up or plug; block or choke (usually followed by up).
Synonyms: clog, obstruct.
verb (used without object)
to cram oneself with food; eat gluttonously; gorge.
verb (mainly transitive)
to pack or fill completely; cram
(intransitive) to eat large quantities
to force, shove, or squeeze: to stuff money into a pocket
to fill (food such as poultry or tomatoes) with a stuffing
to fill (an animal’s skin) with material so as to restore the shape of the live animal
(slang) to have sexual intercourse with (a woman)
(tanning) to treat (an animal skin or hide) with grease
(US & Canadian) to fill (a ballot box) with a large number of fraudulent votes
(in marine transport) to pack (a container) See also stuffing and stripping
(slang) to ruin, frustrate, or defeat
the raw material or fabric of something
woollen cloth or fabric
any general or unspecified substance or accumulation of objects
stupid or worthless actions, speech, ideas, etc
subject matter, skill, etc: he knows his stuff
a slang word for money
(slang) a drug, esp cannabis
(Brit, slang) a girl or woman considered sexually (esp in the phrase bit of stuff)
(informal) do one’s stuff, to do what is expected of one
that’s the stuff, that is what is needed
- Stuff and nonsense
Utter foolishness or absurdity, as in Stuff and nonsense, of course I can pack a suitcase. Often used as an interjection, this idiom employs stuff in the sense of “rubbish.” It was first recorded in 1749.
noun 1. a pompous, self-satisfied, and inflexible person. stuffed shirt noun 1. (informal) a pompous or formal person stuff stuffed shirt An overly formal or pompous person, as in She’s such a stuffed shirt that I’m surprised you’d invite her to a barbecue. This expression alludes to a shirt filled with paper (instead of a […]
- Stuff gown
noun 1. (Brit) a woollen gown worn by a barrister who has not taken silk
adjective, stuffier, stuffiest. 1. close; poorly ventilated: a stuffy room. 2. oppressive from lack of freshness: stuffy air; a stuffy odor. 3. lacking in interest, as writing or discourse. 4. affected with a sensation of obstruction in the respiratory passages: a stuffy nose. 5. dull or tedious; boring. 6. self-important; pompous. 7. rigid or strait-laced […]