Definitions for: Stuff


[n] miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff"
[n] unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine"
[n] a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"
[n] senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff"
[n] information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book"
[n] informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?"
[n] 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"
[v] fill with a stuffing while cooking; "Have you stuffed the turkey yet?"
[v] fill tightly with an appropriate material; "stuff a pillow with feathers"; "The old lady wants to have her dead poodle stuffed by the taxidermist"
[v] treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting; "stuff a bearskin"
[v] overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
[v] eat until one is sated; "He filled up on turkey"
[v] obstruct, as of a passage; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"
[v] fill completely; "The child stuffed his pockets with candy"
[v] press or force; "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand"



Webster (1913) Definition: Stuff, n. [OF. estoffe, F. ['e]toffe; of uncertain
origin, perhaps of Teutonic origin and akin to E. stop, v.t.
Cf. Stuff, v. t.]
1. Material which is to be worked up in any process of
manufacture.

For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the
work to make it, and too much. --Ex. xxxvi.
7.

Ambitions should be made of sterner stuff. --Shak.

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

2. The fundamental material of which anything is made up;
elemental part; essence.

Yet do I hold it very stuff o' the conscience To do
no contrived murder. --Shak.

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

What stuff wilt have a kirtle of? --Shak.

It [the arras] was of stuff and silk mixed, though,
superior kinds were of silk exclusively. --F. G.
Lee.

4. Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.

He took away locks, and gave away the king's stuff.
--Hayward.

5. A medicine or mixture; a potion. --Shak.

6. Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or
irrational language; nonsense; trash.

Anger would indite Such woeful stuff as I or
Shadwell write. --Dryden.

7. (Naut.) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with
which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared
for lubrication. --Ham. Nav.
Encyc.

8. Paper stock ground ready for use.

Note: When partly ground, called half stuff. --Knight.

Clear stuff. See under Clear.

Small stuff (Naut.), all kinds of small cordage. --Ham.
Nav. Encyc.

Stuff gown, the distinctive garb of a junior barrister;
hence, a junior barrister himself. See Silk gown, under
Silk.


Stuff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stuffed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Stuffing.] [OE. stoffen; cf. OF. estoffer, F. ['e]toffer,
to put stuff in, to stuff, to line, also, OF. estouffer to
stifle, F. ['e]touffer; both perhaps of Teutonic origin, and
akin to E. stop. Cf. Stop, v. t., Stuff, n.]
1. To fill by crowding something into; to cram with
something; to load to excess; as, to stuff a bedtick.

Sometimes this crook drew hazel bought adown, And
stuffed her apron wide with nuts so brown. --Gay.

Lest the gods, for sin, Should with a swelling
dropsy stuff thy skin. --Dryden.

2. To thrust or crowd; to press; to pack.

Put roses into a glass with a narrow mouth, stuffing
them close together . . . and they retain smell and
color. --Bacon.

3. To fill by being pressed or packed into.

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

4. (Cookery) To fill with a seasoning composition of bread,
meat, condiments, etc.; as, to stuff a turkey.

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

I'm stuffed, cousin; I can not smell. --Shak.

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

7. To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.

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. --Swift.

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

9. To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box). [U. S.]


Stuff, v. i.
To feed gluttonously; to cram.

Taught harmless man to cram and stuff. --Swift.

Synonyms: binge, block, choke up, clobber, englut, engorge, glut, gorge, gormandise, gormandize, gourmandize, hooey, ingurgitate, lug, material, overeat, overgorge, overindulge, pig out, poppycock, satiate, scarf out, shove, squeeze, stuff and nonsense, sundries, sundry, thrust, whatchamacallit, whatsis

Antonyms: loosen up, munch, nibble, unstuff

See Also: abradant, abrasive, abrasive material, adhesive, adhesive material, animal material, artefact, artifact, atom, back up, bagatelle, bangle, bauble, bimetal, bric-a-brac, builder, center, charm, chemical, chock up, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, clutter, collectable, collectible, color, coloring material, colour, colouring material, composite material, conductor, congest, contaminant, contamination, core, cram, cram, curio, curiosity, detergent builder, detritus, diamagnet, dielectric, discharge, dohickey, dojigger, doodad, doohickey, duplicate, dust, earth, eat, elastomer, emission, essence, etcetera, extra, falderal, fallal, fiber, fibre, fill, fill, fill, fill, fill out, fill up, fill up, fill up, filler, filling, floc, floccule, fluff, fluff, foam, folderol, force, foul, frills, frippery, frivolity, gaud, gewgaw, gimcrackery, gimcracks, gimmick, gismo, gist, gizmo, good luck charm, ground, gubbins, HAZMAT, heart, heart and soul, hickey, hokum, homogenate, hoodoo, impregnate, impregnation, info, information, insulator, inwardness, jam, jam, jampack, je ne sais quois, keepsake, kernel, knickknack, knickknackery, knickknacks, lubricant, lubricating substance, lubricator, make full, make full, makeweight, marrow, matter, meaninglessness, meat, mess of pottage, mineral, molecule, mote, nicknack, nitty-gritty, nonconductor, nonsense, nonsense, nonsensicality, notion, notions, novelties, novelty, nub, oddity, oddment, overstuff, pack, packing, packing material, pad, paper, particle, peculiarity, personal estate, personal property, personalty, pith, plant material, private property, prize, prop, property, push, quality, radioactive material, ram, rarity, raw material, relic, rind, rock, saturate, sealing material, small beer, sorbate, sorbent, sorbent material, souvenir, speck, staple, stone, stuff, substance, substance, sum, tan, thickener, thickening, thingamabob, thingamajig, thingmabob, thingmajig, thingumabob, thingumajig, thingummy, token, toner, translucent substance, transparent substance, trifle, trinket, trivia, triviality, trophy, trumpery, vernix, vernix caseosa, wad, wadding, waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product, whatnot

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