stuff

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The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.

Etymology:

  • From Late Middle English stuffen, from Old French estoffer, from Frankish *stopfōn, *stoppōn, from Proto-Germanic *stuppōną. Cognate with Old High German stoffōn, stopfōn, Old English stoppian and Albanian shtyp. Compare Dutch stof, and German Stoff. More at stop.
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The workman on his stuff his skill doth show, / And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'stuff':

stuffMiscellaneous items; things; personal effects.
stuffA material for making clothing; any woven textile, but especially a woollen fabric.
stuffAbstract substance or character.
stuffUsed as placeholder, usually for material of unknown type or name.
stuffSubstitution for trivial details.
stuffNarcotic drugs, especially heroin.
stuffFurniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.
stuffA medicine or mixture; a potion.
stuffRefuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language; nonsense; trash.
stuffA melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication.
stuffPaper stock ground ready for use. When partly ground, it is called half stuff.
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