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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.


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?.


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


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?.


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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