1. To fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess; as, to stuff a bedtick. Sometimes this crook drew hazel bought adown, And stuffed her apron wide with nuts so brown. (gay) Lest the gods, for sin, Should with a swelling dropsy stuff thy skin. (Dryden)
7. To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material. An Eastern king put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal. (swift)
9. To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).
Origin: OE. Stoffen; cf. OF. Estoffer, F. Etoffer, to put stuff in, to stuff, to line, also, OF. Estouffer to stifle, F. Etouffer; both perhaps of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. Stop. Cf. Stop, Stuff.
1. Material which is to be worked up in any process of manufacture. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much. (Ex. Xxxvi. 7) Ambitions should be made of sterner stuff. (Shak) The workman on his stuff his skill doth show, And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill. (Sir J. Davies)
3. Woven material not made into garments; fabric of any kind; specifically, any one of various fabrics of wool or worsted; sometimes, worsted fibre. What stuff wilt have a kirtle of? (Shak) It [the arras] was of stuff and silk mixed, though, superior kinds were of silk exclusively. (F. G. Lee)
When partly ground, called half stuff. Clear stuff. See Clear. Small stuff, all kinds of small cordage. Stuff gown, the distinctive garb of a junior barrister; hence, a junior barrister himself. See silk gown, under Silk.
Origin: OF. 3ff
Estoffe, F. Etoffe; of uncertain origin, perhaps of Teutonic origin and akin to E. Stop, v.t. Cf. Stuff.