What is the meaning of stuff?


  • The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.
    • usage: "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
  • Miscellaneous unspecified objects.
    • usage: "the trunk was full of stuff"
  • Informal terms for personal possessions.
    • usage: "did you take all your clobber"
  • Senseless talk.
    • usage: "don't give me that stuff"
  • Unspecified qualities required to do or be something.
    • usage: "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine"
  • Information in some unspecified form.
    • usage: "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book"
  • A critically important or characteristic component.
    • usage: "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"


  • Cram into a cavity.
    • usage: "The child stuffed candy into his pockets"
  • Press or force.
    • usage: "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand"
  • Obstruct.
    • usage: "My nose is all stuffed"; "Her arteries are blocked"
  • Overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself.
    • usage: "She stuffed herself at the dinner"; "The kids binged on ice cream"
  • Treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting.
    • usage: "stuff a bearskin"
  • Fill tightly with a material.
    • usage: "stuff a pillow with feathers"
  • Fill with a stuffing while cooking.
    • usage: "Have you stuffed the turkey yet"
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APAWordNet. (2010). stuff. Retrieved October 17, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/stuff/definitions/1208582
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "stuff" http://smartdefine.org/stuff/definitions/1208582 (accessed October 17, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, stuff, Smart Define, viewed 17 October, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/stuff/definitions/1208582>.
MLAWordNet. "stuff" 23 October 2010. Web. 17 October 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/stuff/definitions/1208582>
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