stuffs, stuffing, stuffed
1) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp You can use stuff to refer to things such as a substance, a collection of things, events, or ideas, or the contents of something in a general way without mentioning the thing itself by name. [INFORMAL]

I'd like some coffee, and I don't object to the powdered stuff if it's all you've got...

I don't know anything about this antique stuff...

`What do you want to know?' - `About life and stuff.'...

Don't tell me you still believe in all that stuff?...

He pointed to a duffle bag.`That's my stuff.'

2) VERB If you stuff something somewhere, you push it there quickly and roughly.

[V n prep/adv] I stuffed my hands in my pockets...

[V n prep/adv] He stuffed the newspapers into a litter bin and headed down the street...

[V-ed] His pants were stuffed inside the tops of his boots.

3) VERB If you stuff a container or space with something, you fill it with something or with a quantity of things until it is full.

[V n adj] He grabbed my purse, opened it and stuffed it full, then gave it back to me...

[V n with n] He still stood behind his cash register stuffing his mouth with popcorn.

[V-ed] ...wallets stuffed with dollars.

4) VERB If you stuff yourself, you eat a lot of food. [INFORMAL]

[V pron-refl prep] I could stuff myself with ten chocolate bars and half an hour later eat a big meal.

Derived words:
stuffed ADJ-GRADED v-link ADJ

But you're just so stuffed you won't be able to drink anything.

5) VERB If you stuff a bird such as a chicken or a vegetable such as a pepper, you put a mixture of food inside it before cooking it.

[V n] Will you stuff the turkey and shove it in the oven for me?

[V-ed] ...stuffed tomatoes.

6) VERB: usu passive If a dead animal is stuffed, it is filled with a substance so that it can be preserved and displayed.

[be V-ed] A pike weighing 29 lb 8 oz taken in 1878 was stuffed and is on display at the estate office...

[V-ed] He didn't much care for the stuffed animal heads that hung on the walls.

7) N-SING: the N of n If you say that one thing is the stuff of another, you mean that the first thing is a very important feature or characteristic of the second thing, or that the second thing can be based or built on the first thing. [FORMAL]

The idea that we can be whatever we want has become the stuff of television commercials.

8) EXCLAM (feelings) If you are angry with someone for something that they have said or done, you might say `Get stuffed!' to them. [BRIT, INFORMAL, RUDE]
9) VERB: only imper (emphasis) Stuff is used in front of nouns to emphasize that you do not care about something, or do not want it. [INFORMAL]

[V n] Ultimately my attitude was: stuff them...

[V n] Stuff your money. We don't want a handout.

10) PHRASE: V inflects If you do your stuff, you perform an activity in the way that people expect. [INFORMAL]

Once I get on the pitch I know I can do my stuff...

All that was left was to plant the roses and wait for nature to do her stuff.

11) PHRASE: V inflects (approval) If you say that someone knows their stuff, you mean that they are good at doing something because they know a lot about it. [INFORMAL]

These chaps know their stuff after seven years of war.

12) to strut your stuffsee strut

English dictionary. 2008.


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