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Princeton's WordNet

  1. material, stuffnoun

    the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

    "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

  2. stuffnoun

    miscellaneous unspecified objects

    "the trunk was full of stuff"

  3. stuff, clobbernoun

    informal terms for personal possessions

    "did you take all your clobber?"

  4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycocknoun

    senseless talk

    "don't give me that stuff"

  5. stuffnoun

    unspecified qualities required to do or be something

    "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine"

  6. stuffnoun

    information in some unspecified form

    "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book"

  7. stuffverb

    a critically important or characteristic component

    "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"

  8. stuffverb

    cram into a cavity

    "The child stuffed candy into his pockets"

  9. thrust, stuff, shove, squeezeverb

    press or force

    "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand"

  10. stuff, lug, choke up, blockverb


    "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"

  11. gorge, ingurgitate, overindulge, glut, englut, stuff, engorge, overgorge, overeat, gormandize, gormandise, gourmandize, binge, pig out, satiate, scarf outverb

    overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself

    "She stuffed herself at the dinner"; "The kids binged on ice cream"

  12. stuffverb

    treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting

    "stuff a bearskin"

  13. stuffverb

    fill tightly with a material

    "stuff a pillow with feathers"

  14. farce, stuffverb

    fill with a stuffing while cooking

    "Have you stuffed the turkey yet?"


  1. stuffnoun

    Miscellaneous items; things; (with possessive) personal effects.

  2. stuffnoun

    The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.

  3. stuffnoun

    A material for making clothing; a textile, often especially a woollen fabric.

  4. stuffnoun

    Abstract substance or character.

  5. stuffnoun

    Substitution for trivial details.

    I had to do some stuff.

  6. stuffnoun

    Narcotic drugs, especially heroin.

  7. stuffverb

    To fill (something) up in a compressed manner.

    She stuffed the turkey for Thanksgiving using her secret stuffing recipe of diced bread, onions, and celery .

  8. stuffverb

    To fill a space with (something) in a compressed manner.

    He stuffed his clothes into the closet and shut the door.

  9. stuffverb

    To sate.

    I'm stuffed after having eaten all that turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious stuffing.

  10. stuffverb

    To be broken.

    It's stuffed.

  11. stuffverb

    To sexually penetrate.

    Get stuffed you arsehole!

  12. stuffverb

    To be cut off in a race by having one's projected and committed racing line (trajectory) disturbed by an abrupt manoeuvre by a competitor.

    I got stuffed by that guy on the supermoto going into that turn, almost causing us to crash.

  13. Etymology: From Late stuffen, from estoffer, of origin, from Old,, from stuppōnan. Cognate with stoffon, stopfon, stoppian and shtyp. More at stop.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STUFFnoun

    Etymology: stoffe, Dutch; estoffe, French.

    Let Phidias have rude and obstinate stuff to carve: though his art do that it should, his work will lack that beauty, which otherwise in fitter matter it might have had. Richard Hooker.

    The workman on his stuff his skill doth show,
    And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill. Davies.

    Of brick, and of that stuff, they cast to build
    A city and tow’r. John Milton.

    Pierce an hole near the inner edge, because the triangle hath there most substance of stuff. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.

    Thy verse swells with stuff so fine and smooth,
    That thou art even natural in thine art. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Cæsar hath wept;
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæs.

    Success or loss, what is or is not, serves
    As stuff for these two to make paradoxes. William Shakespeare.

    Thy father, that poor rag,
    Must be thy subject, who in spight put stuff
    To some she-beggar, and compounded thee
    Poor rogue hereditary. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Degrading prose explains his meaning ill,
    And shews the stuff, and not the workman’s skill. Wentworth Dillon.

    Fare away to get our stuff aboard. William Shakespeare.

    He took away locks, and gave away the king’s stuff. John Hayward.

    Groaning waggons loaded high
    With stuff. Abraham Cowley, Davideis.

    With some sweet oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart. William Shakespeare.

    Though in the trade of war I have slain men
    Yet do I hold it very stuff o’ th’ conscience
    To do no contriv’d murther. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    I did compound for her
    A certain stuff, which, being ta’en, would seize
    The present power of life. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Let us turn the wools of the land into cloaths and stuffs of our own growth, and the hemp and flax growing here into linen cloth and cordage. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    O proper stuff!
    This is the very painting of your fear. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Such stuff as madmen
    Tongue and brain not. William Shakespeare.

    At this fusty stuff
    The large Achilles, on his prest bed lolling,
    From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause. William Shakespeare.

    Please not thyself the flatt’ring crowd to hear,
    ’Tis fulsome stuff to feed thy itching ear. John Dryden, Pers.

    Anger would indite
    Such woful stuff as I or Shadwell write. John Dryden, Juven.

    To-morrow will be time enough
    To hear such mortifying stuff. Jonathan Swift.

    The free things that among rakes pass for wit and spirit, must be shocking stuff to the ears of persons of delicacy. Clariss.

  2. To Stuffverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    When we’ve stuff’d
    These pipes, and these conveyances of blood,
    With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls. William Shakespeare.

    If I find him comforting the king,
    It will stuff his suspicion more fully. William Shakespeare.

    Though plenteous, all too little seems
    To stuff this maw, this vast unhide-bound corps. John Milton.

    What have we more to do than to stuff our guts with these figs? Roger L'Estrange.

    This crook drew hazel-boughs adown,
    And stuff’d her apron wide with nuts so brown. John Gay.

    With some oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart. William Shakespeare.

    Put roses into a glass with a narrow mouth, stuffing them close together, but without bruising, and they retain smell and colour fresh a year. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
    Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
    Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form. William Shakespeare.

    With inward arms the dire machine they load,
    And iron bowels stuff the dark abode. John Dryden, Æn.

    A bed,
    The stuffing leaves, with hides of bears o’erspread. Dryden.

    I will be the man that shall make you great. ———— I cannot perceive how, unless you give me your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    The gods for sin
    Should with a swelling dropsy stuff thy skin. Dryden.

    Officious Baucis lays
    Two cushions stuff’d with straw, the seat to raise. Dryden.

    It is not usual among the best patterns to stuff the report of particular lives with matter of publick record. Henry Wotton.

    Those accusations are stuffed with odious generals, that the proofs seldom make good. Edward Hyde.

    For thee I dim these eyes, and stuff this head
    With all such reading as was never read. Alexander Pope.

    These gloves the count sent me; they are an excellent perfume. ———— I am stufft, cousin, I cannot smell. William Shakespeare.

    She went for parsly to stuff a rabbet. William Shakespeare.

    He aim’d at all, yet never could excel
    In any thing but stuffing of his veal. William King, Cookery.

    An eastern king put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Stuffverb

    To feed gluttonously.

    Wedg’d in a spacious elbow-chair,
    And on her plate a treble share,
    As if she ne’er could have enough,
    Taught harmless man to cram and stuff. Jonathan Swift.


  1. stuff

    Stuff is a term used to describe a collection of miscellaneous objects, belongings, or items that may not necessarily have a specific category or purpose. It can refer to a wide range of physical objects, materials, or possessions that are typically found in one's surroundings or environment. The term "stuff" is often used in a casual or colloquial context to refer to things that are not explicitly specified or easily categorized.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stuffverb

    material which is to be worked up in any process of manufacture

  2. Stuffverb

    the fundamental material of which anything is made up; elemental part; essence

  3. Stuffverb

    woven material not made into garments; fabric of any kind; specifically, any one of various fabrics of wool or worsted; sometimes, worsted fiber

  4. Stuffverb

    furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils

  5. Stuffverb

    a medicine or mixture; a potion

  6. Stuffverb

    refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language; nonsense; trash

  7. Stuffverb

    a melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication

  8. Stuffverb

    paper stock ground ready for use

  9. Stuffnoun

    to fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess; as, to stuff a bedtick

  10. Stuffnoun

    to thrust or crowd; to press; to pack

  11. Stuffnoun

    to fill by being pressed or packed into

  12. Stuffnoun

    to fill with a seasoning composition of bread, meat, condiments, etc.; as, to stuff a turkey

  13. Stuffnoun

    to obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration

  14. Stuffnoun

    to fill the skin of, for the purpose of preserving as a specimen; -- said of birds or other animals

  15. Stuffnoun

    to form or fashion by packing with the necessary material

  16. Stuffnoun

    to crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies

  17. Stuffnoun

    to put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box)

  18. Stuffverb

    to feed gluttonously; to cram

  19. Etymology: [OF. estoffe, F. toffe; of uncertain origin, perhaps of Teutonic origin and akin to E. stop, v.t. Cf. Stuff, v. t.]


  1. Stuff

    Stuff is a British men's magazine featuring reviews of consumer electronics and previews of future technology. International editions such as previously published in the United States include other articles of interest to a predominantly male audience.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stuff

    stuf, n. materials of which anything is made: that which fills anything: essence, elemental part: textile fabrics, cloth, esp. when woollen: something trifling, worthless, or contemptible: a melted mass of turpentine, tallow, &c. used for paying masts, planks, &c.: a medicinal mixture: boards for building: (slang) money: worthless matter: possessions generally, esp. household furniture, &c.—v.t. to fill by crowding: to fill very full: to press in: to crowd: to cram, as with nonsense or lies: to obstruct: to cause to bulge out by filling: to fill with seasoning, as a fowl: to fill the skin of a dead animal, so as to reproduce its living form.—v.i. to feed gluttonously: to practise taxidermy.—ns. Stuff′er, one who stuffs, esp. the skins of animals; Stuff′-gown, a gown of stuff, not silk, esp. that of a junior barrister; Stuff′ing, that which is used to stuff or fill anything—straw, sawdust, feathers, hair, &c.: relishing ingredients put into meat, poultry, &c. in cooking; Stuff′ing-box, a contrivance for keeping a piston-rod, &c., air-tight or water-tight by means of closely-fitting packing, while allowing it free motion. [O. Fr. estoffe (Fr. étoffe)—L. stuppa, tow.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stuff

    A coat of stuff, a term used for any composition laid on to ships' spars, bottom, &c. Also, square timber of different thicknesses.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STUFF

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stuff is ranked #59324 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stuff surname appeared 341 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stuff.

    95% or 324 total occurrences were White.
    1.7% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Stuff' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2423

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Stuff' in Written Corpus Frequency: #344

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Stuff' in Nouns Frequency: #676

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Stuff' in Verbs Frequency: #987

Anagrams for Stuff »

  1. tuffs

  2. UTFSF

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stuff in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stuff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Stuff in a Sentence

  1. Carl Sagan:

    We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

  2. Dmitry Peskov:

    In general, we see that overseas they have started preparing for Russia's presidential election which is still more than two years away, it is clear that negative stuff is being accumulated to be used against the head of our state ... to exert pressure and influence the course of the future election campaign.

  3. Jayce Tingler:

    He's plus stuff, plus command, he's as tough as they come.

  4. Zachary Abuza:

    This is where the real stuff happens, where bomb designs are shared and active coordination takes place.

  5. Vilma Rozen:

    It’s household management, it’s home health aide, it’s a nurse, it’s running around, it’s taxi driver, it’s all the stuff together, it’s [to] be the family, it’s [to] be everything.

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Translations for Stuff

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  • أشياءArabic
  • ausstopfen, Kram, Stoff, Sachen, füllenGerman
  • παρατρώω, φουσκώνω, γεμίζω, παραγεμίζωGreek
  • farĉiEsperanto
  • cosas, atiborrar, disecar, cosa, rellenar, llenoSpanish
  • چیزPersian
  • olla rikki, sulloa, täyttää, olla täynnäFinnish
  • truc, péter, fourrer, bourrer, mettre, foutre, truffer, déglinguer, farcirFrench
  • mianachIrish
  • szar, töm, tele, összetört, eltörött, cucc, dolog, vacak, jóllakott, töröttHungarian
  • իրերArmenian
  • hal-halIndonesian
  • cose, roba, essere pieno, essere satollo, tessuto, stoffa, farcire, fottereItalian
  • דבריםHebrew
  • 壊れる, 詰める, 材料, 素材, 満たす, 原料, もの, スタッフJapanese
  • 물건Korean
  • spul, goedje, stof, waarDutch
  • ting, stoff, materiale, stappe, fylle, sakerNorwegian
  • wypchać, rzeczy, napchać, wypychaćPolish
  • material, coisas, entupirPortuguese
  • înfunda, înghesui, îndesaRomanian
  • вещество, штука, набивать, заполнить, набить, добро, вещи, заполнять, фаршироватьRussian
  • stoppa, stoppa upp, material, stoppning, fylla, stoffSwedish
  • பொருட்களைTamil
  • şey, şeyler, hammaddeTurkish
  • سامانUrdu
  • đồ đạcVietnamese
  • שטאָפּןYiddish
  • 東東Chinese

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    A incumbent
    B tacky
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