stuff ( stuffs 3rd person present) ( stuffing present participle) ( stuffed past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount You can use stuff to refer to things such as a substance, a collection of things, events, or ideas, or the contents of something in a general way without mentioning the thing itself by name.
INFORMAL usu with supp
I'd like some coffee, and I don't object to the powdered stuff if it's all you've got..., `What do you want to know?'<emdash10001`About life and stuff.'..., He pointed to a duffle bag.`That's my stuff.'
2 verb If you stuff something somewhere, you push it there quickly and roughly.
I stuffed my hands in my pockets... V n prep/adv
He stuffed the newspapers into a litter bin and headed down the street... V n prep/adv
3 verb If you stuff a container or space with something, you fill it with something or with a quantity of things until it is full.
He grabbed my purse, opened it and stuffed it full, then gave it back to me... V n adj
He still stood behind his cash register stuffing his mouth with popcorn. V n with n
4 verb If you stuffyourself, you eat a lot of food.
INFORMAL I could stuff myself with ten chocolate bars and half an hour later eat a big meal. V pron-refl prep
stuffed adj v-link ADJ
But you're just so stuffed you won't be able to drink anything.
5 verb If you stuff a bird such as a chicken or a vegetable such as a pepper, you put a mixture of food inside it before cooking it.
Will you stuff the turkey and shove it in the oven for me? V n
...stuffed tomatoes. V-ed
6 verb If a dead animal is stuffed, it is filled with a substance so that it can be preserved and displayed.
7 verb Stuff is used in front of nouns to emphasize that you do not care about something, or do not want it.
INFORMAL only imper (emphasis)
Ultimately my attitude was: stuff them... V n
Stuff your money. We don't want a handout. V n
8 If you say that someone knows their stuff, you mean that they are good at doing something because they know a lot about it. INFORMAL
know one's stuff phrase V inflects (approval)
These chaps know their stuff after seven years of war.
If you think that someone or something is hot stuff, you find them exciting or sexually attractive.
His love letters were hot stuff, apparently.