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stuff

noun uk   /stʌf/ us  

stuff noun (SUBSTANCE)

B1 [U] informal used to refer to a substance or a group of things, ideas, etc., often with a description of their general type or quality or saying who they belong to, without saying exactly what they are: There's sticky stuff all over the chair. We'll have to carry all our camping stuff. Do you want help bringing your stuff (= possessions) in from the van? All that stuff she has been saying about Lee is rubbish.Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures the stuff of sth literary something that a particular type of thing is made of or based on: Her appetite for shopping became the stuff of legend.Being based on or depending on somethingImportant and essential thingsInformation and messages

stuff noun (QUALITY)

the stuff of sth literary the most necessary, important, or typical part of something: A thwarted love affair is the (very) stuff of fiction.Important and essential thingsInformation and messages [U] US In baseball, a pitcher's stuff is the quality and variety of their pitches (= throws to the player hitting the ball): Avery had great stuff, total command of all three of his pitches.Baseball and roundersGeneral terms used in ball sports

stuff

verb uk   /stʌf/ us  

stuff verb (FILL)

[T] to completely fill a container with something: Stuff the cushion and then sew up the final seam. Under her bed, they found a bag stuffed with money.Filling and completing C2 [T] informal to push something into a small space, often quickly or in a careless way: This case is absolutely full - I can't stuff another thing into it.Placing and positioning an object [T] to fill the body of a dead animal with special material so that it looks as if it is still aliveBurying, cremating and preserving bodies [T] mainly UK offensive (of a man) to have sex with a womanSexual intercourse

stuff verb (FOOD)

[T] to fill food with stuffing: Stuff the turkey, then put it into a pre-heated oven.Preparing foodPreparing food using heat

stuff verb (EAT)

stuff yourself informal to eat a lot: They'd been stuffing themselves with snacks all afternoon, so they didn't want any dinner.EatingBiting, chewing and swallowing
(Definition of stuff from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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