What does muff mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. muffnoun

    a warm tubular covering for the hands

  2. fumble, muffverb

    (sports) dropping the ball

  3. muffverb

    fail to catch, as of a ball

  4. botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck upverb

    make a mess of, destroy or ruin

    "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"


  1. muffnoun

    A piece of fur or cloth, usually with open ends, used for keeping the hands warm.

  2. muffnoun

    Female pubic hair; the vulva.

  3. muffnoun

    A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.

  4. muffnoun

    The feathers sticking out from both sides of the face under the beak of some birds.

  5. muffnoun

    An error, a mistake.

  6. muffnoun

    shortened form of muffin.

  7. muffverb

    In American football, to drop or mishandle the ball, especially during a punt or kick-off.

  8. muffverb

    By extension, to mishandle any situation.

  9. Etymology: Probably from mof.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Muffnoun

    A soft cover for the hands in Winter.

    Etymology: muff, Swedish.

    Feel but the difference soft and rough,
    This a gantlet, that a muff. John Cleveland.

    What! no more favours, not a ribbon more,
    Not fan, not muff. John Suckling.

    The lady of the spotted muff began. Dryden.

    A child that stands in the dark upon his mother’s muff, says he stands upon something, he knows not what. John Locke.


  1. MUFF

    The Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) is an Austalian independent film festival featuring mostly genre, controversial, transgressive and avant garde material.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Muffnoun

    a soft cover of cylindrical form, usually of fur, worn by women to shield the hands from cold

  2. Muffnoun

    a short hollow cylinder surrounding an object, as a pipe

  3. Muffnoun

    a blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet

  4. Muffnoun

    a stupid fellow; a poor-spirited person

  5. Muffnoun

    a failure to hold a ball when once in the hands

  6. Muffnoun

    the whitethroat

  7. Muffverb

    to handle awkwardly; to fumble; to fail to hold, as a ball, in catching it

  8. Etymology: [Cf. LG. muff, D. mof, G., Dan., & Sw. muff, F. moufle mitten, LL. muffula, MHG. mouwe sleeve, D. mouw, and E. muffle, v.]


  1. Muff

    A muff is a fashion accessory for outdoors usually made of a cylinder of fur or fabric with both ends open for keeping the hands warm. It was introduced to women's fashion in the 16th century and was popular with both men and women in the 17th and 18th centuries. By the early 20th century, muffs were used in England only by women. It is also reported that the fashion largely fell out of style in the 19th century. It briefly returned in the late 1940s and 50's. In Roman times, the place of the glove was taken by long sleeves reaching to the hand, and in winter special sleeves of fur were worn. In Medieval Latin we find the word muffulae, defined by Du Cange as chirothecae pellitae et hibernae. He quotes from a cartulary of the year 817, of the issuing to monks of sheepskin coverings to be used during the winter. These may have been, as the Roman certainly were, separate coverings for each hand, although the cartulary cited also distinguishes the glove for summer from the muffulae for winter wear. The Old French moufle meant a thick glove or mitten, and from this the Dutch mof, Walloon mouffe, and thence English "muff", are probably derived.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Muff

    muf, n. a warm, soft cover for the hands in winter, usually of fur or dressed skins.—n. Muffettee′, a small muff worn over the wrist. [Prob. from Dut. mof; cf. Ger. muff, a muff.]

  2. Muff

    muf, n. a stupid fellow.—v.t. and v.i. to perform awkwardly, spoil: to act clumsily, esp. in letting a ball slip out of the hands. [Prob. related to Dut. muffen, to dote; Ger. muffen, to sulk.]

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  1. MUFF

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Muff

    This term was at first applied to an effeminate dandy who at one time, like the ladies, carried a muff to keep his hands warm in winter. This incapacitated him from defending himself with his sword against an unexpected attack at the hands of a street bully, and hence, as now, a muff was easily taken advantage of, or likely to become a prey to the sharp-witted.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MUFF

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Muff is ranked #22838 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Muff surname appeared 1,121 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Muff.

    76.8% or 861 total occurrences were White.
    19.5% or 219 total occurrences were Black.
    1.6% or 19 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of muff in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of muff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    someone who takes the place of another person
    • A. alternate
    • B. disjointed
    • C. urban
    • D. witless

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