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English noun: stuff

1. stuff (substance) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object


SamplesCoal is a hard black material.
Wheat is the stuff they use to make bread.


Synonymsmaterial


Broader (hypernym)substance


Narrower (hyponym)abradant, abrasive, abrasive material, adhesive, adhesive agent, adhesive material, aggregate, ammunition, animal material, atom, ballast, bedding, bedding material, bimetal, builder, chemical, chemical substance, color, coloring material, colour, colouring material, composite material, conductor, contaminant, contamination, corpuscle, detergent builder, detritus, diamagnet, dielectric, discharge, dust, earth, elastomer, emission, fiber, fibre, fill, filling, floc, floccule, fluff, foam, ground, HAZMAT, homogenate, humate, impregnation, insulator, litter, mineral, molecule, mote, nonconductor, packing, packing material, paper, particle, particulate, particulate matter, plant material, plant substance, precursor, radioactive material, raw material, rind, rock, sealing material, sorbate, sorbent, sorbent material, speck, staple, stone, thickener, thickening, toner, translucent substance, transparent substance, undercut, vernix, vernix caseosa, wad, wadding, waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product

2. stuff (artifact) miscellaneous unspecified objects


SamplesThe trunk was full of stuff.


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object


Narrower (hyponym)doodad, doohickey, doojigger, etcetera, gimmick, gismo, gizmo, gubbins, sundries, thingamabob, thingamajig, thingmabob, thingmajig, thingumabob, thingumajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget

3. stuff (possession) informal terms for personal possessions


SamplesDid you take all your clobber?.


Synonymsclobber


Broader (hypernym)personal estate, personal property, personalty, private property

4. stuff (communication) senseless talk


SamplesDon't give me that stuff.


Synonymshooey, poppycock, stuff and nonsense


Broader (hypernym)bunk, hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality


Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

5. stuff (attribute) unspecified qualities required to do or be something


SamplesThe stuff of heros.
You don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine.


Broader (hypernym)quality

6. stuff (communication) information in some unspecified form


SamplesIt was stuff I had heard before.
There's good stuff in that book.


Broader (hypernym)info, information

7. stuff (cognition) a critically important or characteristic component


SamplesSuspense is the very stuff of narrative.


Broader (hypernym)center, centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum


English verb: stuff

1. stuff (contact) cram into a cavity


SamplesThe child stuffed candy into his pockets.


ExamplesThey stuff the cart with boxes


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s something with something


Broader (hypernym)cram


Narrower (hyponym)chock up, cram, fill out, jam, jampack, overstuff, pad, ram, wad

2. stuff (motion) press or force


SamplesStuff money into an envelope.
She thrust the letter into his hand.


ExamplesThey stuff the books into the box


Synonymsshove, squeeze, thrust


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)force, push

3. stuff (contact) obstruct


SamplesMy nose is all stuffed.
Her arteries are blocked.


Synonymsblock, choke up, lug


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)back up, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, foul


Antonymsloosen up, unstuff

4. stuff (consumption) overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself


SamplesShe stuffed herself at the dinner.
The kids binged on ice cream.


Synonymsbinge, englut, engorge, glut, gorge, gormandise, gormandize, gourmandize, ingurgitate, overeat, overgorge, overindulge, pig out, satiate, scarf out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)eat

5. stuff (change) treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting


SamplesStuff a bearskin.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)impregnate, saturate


Entailtan

6. stuff (change) fill tightly with a material


SamplesStuff a pillow with feathers.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s something with something


Broader (hypernym)fill, fill up, make full


Narrower (hyponym)cork


Verb groupfarce, stuff

7. stuff (change) fill with a stuffing while cooking


SamplesHave you stuffed the turkey yet?.


Synonymsfarce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s something with something


Broader (hypernym)fill, fill up, make full


Verb groupstuff


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation









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