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


  • 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.

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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