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stuff

noun (SUBSTANCE)    /stʌf/
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 Grammar:Thing and stuffSee moreGrammar:ThingWe use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing.See moreGrammar:StuffStuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.See more
(Definition of stuff noun (SUBSTANCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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