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stuff noun 1 a any material or substance the stuff that dreams are made of; b something that is suitable for, relates to, or is characterized by whatever is specified kids' stuff hot stuff. 2 moveable belongings Hang on - I'll just get my stuff. 3 the characteristics that define someone, especially positive ones made of stronger stuff. 4 something that is thought of as stupid, worthless, etc a load of stuff and nonsense too much emphasis on all this PC stuff. 5 old use a cloth, especially woollen; b as adj a stuff gown. verb (stuffed, stuffing) 1 to cram or thrust stuffed the clothes in the wardrobe. 2 to fill to capacity; to overfill. 3 to put something away stuffed the letter in the drawer. 4 to fill the hollow or hollowed-out part of something (eg a chicken, tomato, pepper, etc) with a mixture of other foods. 5 to fill out the disembodied skin of (an animal, bird, fish, etc) to recreate its living shape. See taxidermy. 6 to feed (oneself) greedily stuffed himself until he felt sick. 7 (also stuff up) to block or clog something, eg a hole, the nose with mucus, etc. 8 slang to defeat someone convincingly. 9 offensive to have sexual intercourse with someone. and stuff and other similar things. a tasty, etc bit or a bit of stuff colloq someone who is thought of in terms of their sexual attractiveness That was a leggy bit of stuff you got off with last night. do one's stuff colloq 1 to display one's talent or skill. 2 to perform the task that one is required to do You're always good at the music round - so go on, do your stuff. know one's stuff colloq to have a thorough understanding of the specific subject that one is concerned or involved with. stuff it, you, them, etc slang an expression of disgust, contempt, anger, dismissal, etc Well, I'm going anyway - so stuff you! You can stuff the job!
ETYMOLOGY: 14c: from French estoffe, from estoffer to provide what is necessary.
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