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Definition of 'stuff'


  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"
       Synonyms: material
  2. miscellaneous unspecified objects; "the trunk was full of stuff"
  3. informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?"
       Synonyms: clobber
  4. senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: thrust shove squeeze
  3. obstruct; "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"
       Synonyms: lug choke up block
       Antonyms: unstuff loosen up
  4. overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself; "She stuffed herself at the dinner"; "The kids binged on icecream"
       Synonyms: 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?"
       Synonyms: farce

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