- matter, material, articles, or activities of a specified or indeterminate kind that are being referred to, indicated, or implied: a pickup truck picked the stuff up | a girl who’s good at the technical stuff.
- a person’s belongings, equipment, or baggage: he took his stuff and went.
- Brit. informal, dated worthless or foolish ideas, speech, or writing; rubbish: [ as exclamation ] : stuff and nonsense!
- informal drink or drugs.
- (one’s stuff) things in which one is knowledgeable and experienced; one’s area of expertise: he knows his stuff and can really write.
- the basic constituents or characteristics of something or someone: Healey was made of sterner stuff | such a trip was the stuff of his dreams.
- Brit. dated woolen fabric, especially as distinct from silk, cotton, and linen: [ as modifier ] : her dark stuff gown.
- N. Amer. (in sports) spin given to a ball to make it vary its course.
- Baseball a pitcher’s ability to produce spin on a ball or control the speed of delivery of a pitch.
verb [ with obj. ]
- fill (a receptacle or space) tightly with something: an old teapot stuffed full of cash | figurative : his head has been stuffed with myths and taboos.
- informal force or cram (something) tightly into a receptacle or space: he stuffed a thick wad of cash into his jacket pocket.
- informal hastily or clumsily push (something) into a space: Sadie took the coin and stuffed it in her coat pocket.
- fill (the cavity of an item of food) with a savory or sweet mixture, especially before cooking: chicken stuffed with mushrooms and breadcrumbs.
- informal fill (oneself) with large amounts of food: he stuffed himself with potato chips.
- (be stuffed up) (of a person) have one’s nose blocked up with mucus as a result of a cold.
- fill out the skin of (a dead animal) with material to restore the original shape and appearance: he took the bird to a taxidermist to be stuffed | (as adj. stuffed) : a stuffed parrot.
- informal fill (envelopes) with identical copies of printed matter: they spent the whole time in a back room stuffing envelopes.
- N. Amer. place bogus votes in (a ballot box).
- Brit. vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (someone).
- Brit. informal defeat heavily in sport: Town got stuffed every week.
- [ usu. in imperative ] Brit. informal used to express indifference toward or rejection of (something): stuff the diet!