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Dictionary Definition



1 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" [syn: material]
2 miscellaneous unspecified objects; "the trunk was full of stuff" [syn: whatchamacallit, whatsis, sundry, sundries]
3 informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?" [syn: clobber]
4 senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff" [syn: stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock]
5 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 information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book"
7 a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"


1 fill completely; "The child stuffed his pockets with candy"
2 press or force; "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand" [syn: thrust, shove, squeeze]
3 obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked" [syn: lug, choke up, block] [ant: unstuff]
4 overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself; "She stuffed herself at the dinner"; "The kids binged on icecream" [syn: gorge, ingurgitate, overindulge, glut, englut, engorge, overgorge, overeat, gormandize, gormandise, gourmandize, binge, pig out, satiate, scarf out]
5 treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting; "stuff a bearskin"
6 fill tightly with a material; "stuff a pillow with feathers"; "The old lady wants to have her dead poodle stuffed by the taxidermist"
7 fill with a stuffing while cooking; "Have you stuffed the turkey yet?"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.
    What is all that stuff on your bedroom floor?
  2. italbrac-colon cadigan Substitution for material of unknown type or name.
    Can I have some of that stuff on my ice-cream sundae?
  3. Substitution for trivial details (youth slang)
    I had to do some stuff.


the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  • Japanese: 原料, 材料, 素材
cadigan: substitution for material of unknown type or name
  • Japanese: もの
substitution for trivial details


  1. 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 .
  2. To be sated.
    I’m stuffed after having eaten all that turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious stuffing.
  3. In the context of "British|Australian": To be broken.
    It’s stuffed.
  4. In the context of "vulgar|British|Australian": Insult.
    Get stuffed you arsehole!
  5. To be cut off in a race by having one's projected and committed racing line (trajectory) disturbed by an abrupt maneuver by a competitor.
    I got stuffed by that guy on the supermoto going into that turn, almost causing us to crash.


Derived terms


to fill something up in a compressed manner
  • Japanese: 詰める
to be sated
  • Japanese: 満たす
British, Australian: to be broken
  • Japanese: 壊れる
vulgar, British, Australian: insult
to be cut off in a race

Extensive Definition

Stuff is an aggregate or a group of items or matter.
Stuff may also refer to:
  • Stuff (cloth), a type of cloth or fabric used to fill pillows and other items
  • Stuffing, a substance which is often placed in the cavities of food items
  • Stuffed animal, a child's soft toy.
  • Stuffed or preserved animals, created through the art of taxidermy
In computing:
In popular culture:
In philosophy:
  • Stuff is a synonym for an ontology that defends the existence of quantities of matter instead of the existence of things
In sports:
stuff in Simple English: Stuff

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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