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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 ​largeamount 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 ​drinksgallons 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 ​ourcamping stuff. Do you ​wanthelpbringingyour stuff in from the ​van? We can't ​move to a ​smallerplace - we've got too much stuff.
and stuff
used to refer to more things of a ​similarkind to ​ones you have ​mentioned, when you do not say ​exactly what they are: This is the ​drawer where I ​keeppaper and ​envelopes and stuff. The ​classrooms all have ​computers and ​interactivewhiteboards 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 ​greatabilities: Avery had great stuff, ​totalcommand of all three of his ​pitches. An ​interview is a ​chance to showyour stuff.


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

[T] to ​completelyfill a ​container with something: Stuff the ​pillow and then ​sew up the ​finalseam. Under her ​bed, they ​found a ​bag stuffed withmoney.
C2 [T] informal to ​push something into a ​smallspace, often ​quickly or in a ​careless way: This ​suitcase is ​absolutelyfull - I can't stuff another thing into it.
[T] to ​fill the ​body of a ​deadanimal with ​specialmaterial 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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