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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' stuffhot 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 nonsensetoo much emphasis on all this PC stuff. 5 old use a cloth, especially woollen; b as adja 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.