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stuffnoun [U]

 us   /stʌf/
  • stuff noun [U] (SUBSTANCE)

a substance or material: What’s the black stuff on the rug? This stuff tastes good.
  • stuff noun [U] (THINGS)

a group of different things, activities, or matters: We helped him move his stuff to the new apartment. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do this weekend. They’d heard all this stuff before.

stuffverb [T]

 us   /stʌf/
  • stuff verb [T] (FILL)

to fill the inside of something: I can’t stuff another thing into this suitcase.
To stuff a turkey, or other meat or vegetable, is to fill it with other food before cooking it.
If you stuff yourself, you eat a large amount of food: The kids stuffed themselves with snacks.
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"stuff" in British English

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uk   /stʌf/  us   /stʌf/
  • stuff noun (THING(S))

B1 [U] informal a substance, especially when you do not know or say exactly what it is: There's sticky stuff all over the chair. What's this black stuff? He drinks gallons of tea - he loves the stuff.
[U] informal things that someone says or does, when you are referring to them in a general way without saying exactly what they are: All that stuff she has been saying about Lee is just not true. We did some really interesting stuff today. I have to go now - I've got stuff to do. I've read all her books - I really like her stuff.
[U] informal someone's possessions or things that they take somewhere with them: We'll have to carry all our camping stuff. Do you want help bringing your stuff in from the van? We can't move to a smaller place - we've got too much stuff.
and stuff
used to refer to more things of a similar kind to ones you have mentioned, when you do not say exactly what they are: This is the drawer where I keep paper and envelopes and stuff. The classrooms all have computers and interactive whiteboards and stuff. I was embarrassed because he wanted to talk about love and stuff.

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  • stuff noun (QUALITY)

[U] US someone's skill or great abilities: Avery had great stuff, total command of all three of his pitches. An interview is a chance to show your stuff.


uk   /stʌf/  us   /stʌf/
  • stuff verb (FILL)

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

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(Definition of stuff from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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