Meaning of STUFF in English

I. ˈstəf noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English stuff, stuffe, from Middle French estoffe stuff, material, from Old French, from estoffer to equip, stock — more at stuff II

1. : materials, supplies, or equipment used in various human activities: as

a. obsolete : military baggage : impedimenta

b. : bullets or shells fired from a gun : projectiles

were throwing broadsides at him … and stuff was going past him from both sides and killing — Ira Wolfert

our own stuff was pouring back on them, and the power of the weapons was impressive — Fred Majdalany

c. obsolete : the furnishings and chattels of a place or household

d. : personal property , clothing , possessions

my stuff is all unpacked — Joseph Dever

e. : money

he is out for the stuff , and when he gets it he salts it away — P.G.Wodehouse

is a moneyed writer burdened with even more of the stuff through inheritance — J.S.Sandoe

2. : material to be manufactured, wrought, or used in construction : raw or partially prepared material: as

a. : building materials

got all the stuff ready for building his house

b. : wood for use in carpentry

well furred inside with clear half-inch pine stuff — Emily Holt

c. : fibrous pulp fully beaten and ready for the paper machine — called also stock ; compare half stuff

d. : a finished textile suitable for clothing ; especially : wool or worsted material

e. : a composition of tallow, fats, and oil used to fill the pores of leather

f. : a mixture of tallow, tar, and turpentine used as a preservative on wooden ships

3. chiefly Scot & Irish : grain , pulse


a. : literary or artistic matter, productions, or compositions

some contemporary … material, and some stuff on the early history of toleration — H.J.Laski

most writers can't cut their own stuff — Claire Callahan

— often used disparagingly

seems to be all the same — the old picaresque stuff — Arnold Bennett

b. : material written for a newspaper or periodical : copy

turns in good stuff from his beat

c. : writing, discourse, or ideas of little value : rubbish

novels are so full of nonsense and stuff — Jane Austen

there is so much vulgar, trivial stuff on the air — D.W.Brogan

mechanized organs of public opinion … are feeding us the same old stuff — Norman Woelfel


a. : an unspecified material substance or aggregate of matter

investigating the age of the universe and the creation of the stuff of which it is made — George Gamow

decided that hydrogen was the primordial stuff of the universe — Waldemar Kaempffert

volcanic rock is curious stuff

b. : a solid, liquid, or gaseous matter processed or synthesized for various uses: as

(1) : a medical preparation : potion

(2) : an alcoholic beverage

that stuff 's too strong on an empty stomach — C.S.Barry

(3) : narcotics

mentioned to me that if I needed any weed or stuff to let her know — J.B.Martin

you've been pushing the stuff — Wenzell Brown

(4) : commodity , merchandise

brings the stuff in by freight car

when the stuff didn't move, advertised the lines widely — Susan Strom

(5) : fissionable material

plutonium … was the stuff of the early atom bombs — Bertram Mycock


a. : the fundamental material of which something is made or consists : essence

tendencies that are part of the very stuff of warfare — Tom Wintringham

the stuff of greatness

the stuff of tradition

the stuff of life

b. : the basic qualities of a person or character : capacity for accomplishment in an activity or mode of existence

exhibits the stuff of manhood

was not the stuff of which the revolutionary is made — Liam O'Flaherty

must not expect to find in ordinary men the stuff of martyrs — Walter Lippmann

she was of sterner stuff now — C.S.Forester

proves that heroes are not made of pretty stuff — Frederic Morton

c. : the substance or material forming the basis of a literary work or artistic production

their adventures are real and make the stuff of a stirring novel — H.U.Ribalow

contained all the stuff of opera and was dramatically well-pointed — Norman Demuth

slick work, but … he doesn't get down to the real stuff — Arnold Bennett

d. : a body of knowledge or subject matter

philosophical physics … describes the stuff as a mathematical probability — W.L.Sullivan

the procession of presidents and wars in … history is dull stuff indeed if presented in a vacuum — W.R.Steckel

learning about the heavens from Ptolemy and his Arab commentators — real stuff at last — R.W.Southern

this is primer stuff today to … meteorologists — Carey Longmire


a. : a mode or manner of acting or talking : the actions or talk of a person in specific circumstances

rough stuff isn't tolerated — Bill Wolf

no funny stuff now — Carl Jonas

disturbing the peace, stuff like that — R.O.Bowen

imagine a player getting away with that stuff today — Ted Williams

b. : an activity or branch of knowledge requiring specialized study, practice, or skill

struck us as a lad who knew his stuff — who could handle affairs of state or breeze through a … luncheon with equal aplomb — New Republic

with the plane's crew doing its stuff dodging the fireworks — T.B.Bruff

c. : an action, attitude, or development eliciting approval or commendation

that's the stuff , don't give up

8. : livestock

beds down … on the outside edge of the herd away from the horned stuff — R.F.Adams

box stalls are necessary for … young stuff — Producing Farm Livestock


a. : the spin or rotation imparted to a thrown, rolled, or hit ball to make it curve or change course

no difference how hard you hit the ball or how much stuff you put on it in the way of spin … unless you have accuracy — J.D.Budge

b. : the speed or especially the variety of pitches or curves of a baseball pitcher

the greatest pitcher of my time … had tremendous stuff — Ted Williams

has a wide assortment of curves, sliders, and slow stuff — Lou Boudreau

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English stuffen, from Middle French estoffer to equip, stock, from Old French, probably from Middle High German stopfen to stop up, stuff, from Old High German stopfōn — more at stop

transitive verb

1. obsolete

a. : to supply (a fortification or commander) with stores, arms, or men : garrison

b. : to endow or equip (a person) with provisions, arms, or money

c. : to furnish (a house or place) with chattels, equipment, or accessories : stock



(1) : to fill (a receptacle) to fullness or distention by packing things in : cram

had to … stuff the jar — Ida Pruitt

— usually used with with

bags stuffed with papers — Van Wyck Brooks

things you have to stuff your pockets with — Richard Joseph

(2) : to insert a bill or communication in (an envelope) for mailing

their fingers stiff from stuffing and addressing envelopes — George Sklar

stuffed and addressed the invitations — Carl Jonas

b. : to fill (as one's stomach) to fullness : surfeit

got out the coffeepot … and before he could say a number she was stuffing him — Arthur Miller

stuffing ourselves with cake and sandwiches — Alice F. Webb

beef calves … which he stuffs for months with corn silage — John Bird

stuff a cold and starve a fever

c. : to prepare (meat or vegetables) for cooking or eating by filling or lining with a seasoned mixture

used to stuff veal with bread crumbs and butter and sage … and onion — Margaret A. Barnes

d. : to fill (as a cushion or ticking) with a soft material or padding

spent the morning stuffing the mattresses

made of leather and stuffed with shoddy and cotton waste — American Guide Series: Connecticut

e. : to fill out the skin of (an animal or bird) for mounting

f. : to crowd (an interior or place) with people

hopped aboard … the already stuffed rear of the bus — Eula Long

the church was stuffed full — R.C.Wood

g. : to fill (as a hole or opening) by packing in material : stop up : plug

stuffed the keyhole to shut out prying eyes — American Guide Series: Connecticut

stuffs woodchuck holes with rocks and dirt

stuffing the wound with cotton

h. : to furnish or fill (a house or room) to excess

lived in attic rooms stuffed with fantastic objects and furniture — Virginia D. Dawson & Betty D. Wilson


a. : to clutter or fill (a person's mind) — usually used with with

those whose heads are stuffed with facts — A.J.P.Taylor

has a mind stuffed with ideas, hungry for argument — Virginia Woolf

— often used disparagingly

stuffs the people with lies that gag an honest man — Kenneth Roberts

stuffed right up to the ears with his own slogans — David Driscoll


(1) : to crowd or fill (as a work, book, or discourse) — usually used with with

the book is … stuffed with delectable stories — Mark Van Doren

— often used disparagingly

tracts stuffed with a sodden morality — V.L.Parrington

the appearance of a travelogue stuffed with melodrama — Time

(2) : to expand or fill (a book or work) chiefly to enlarge the bulk or content : pad — usually used with out

scanty material, stuffed out with appreciation and conjecture — T.S.Eliot

stuffed out their pages with platitudes — Virginia Woolf

4. : to congest or block (as the nasal passages)

sounded stuffed up … had been crying again — J.H.Reese

his throat got stuffed — Liam O'Flaherty


a. : to insert or fit snugly or tightly : tuck

secret documents stuffed under his shirt — Bernard Kalb

— usually used with into

got her stuffed into the closet — Robert Murphy

stuff the greenbacks into my wallet — H.A.Overstreet

b. : to cause to enter or fill : thrust , press — usually used with in or into

stuffed it deep down in his mind — Richard Llewellyn

knowledge … can never be knowledge that is stuffed in — H.A.Overstreet

have stuffed too many of the facts … into my intellectuals — L.P.Smith

any set mold into which the material has to be stuffed — Carlos Lynes

stuffing … any preoccupation with her concerns out of sight — Helen Howe

6. : to impregnate (leather) for softening and preserving — usually used with with

the leather goods are stuffed with a mixture of hot oil and tallow, or fat liquored — New Zealand Journal of Agric.

7. : to fill (a ballot box) with fraudulent votes

another type of corrupt practice is stuffing the ballot boxes — D.D.McKean

intransitive verb

: to eat gluttonously : gorge

had finished stuffing in the dining room — H.A.Chippendale

Synonyms: see pack

III. transitive verb

Etymology: Middle English stuffen, from Middle French estouffer

obsolete : stifle , suffocate

IV. noun

: dunk shot

V. transitive verb

1. : to throw or drive (a ball or puck) into a goal from very close range

2. — used in the imperative to express contempt

if they didn't like it, stuff 'em — Eric Clapton

— often used in the phrases stuff it and get stuffed

3. : to stop (a ballcarrier) abruptly in a football game

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.