Stuff

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stuff |stəf|

noun

  1. 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.
  2. the basic constituents or characteristics of something or someone: Healey was made of sterner stuff | such a trip was the stuff of his dreams.
  3. Brit. dated woolen fabric, especially as distinct from silk, cotton, and linen: [ as modifier ] : her dark stuff gown.
  4. 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. ]

  1. 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).
  2. Brit. vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (someone).
  3. Brit. informal defeat heavily in sport: Town got stuffed every week.
  4. [ usu. in imperative ] Brit. informal used to express indifference toward or rejection of (something): stuff the diet!