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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /mʌf/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌf

Etymology 1Edit

Probably from Dutch mof (muff, mitten).


muff (plural muffs)

  1. (historical) A piece of fur or cloth, usually with open ends, used for keeping the hands warm.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  2. (vulgar, slang) Female pubic hair; female genitals (vulva, vagina), like muffin. See Thesaurus:vagina.
  3. (by extension) A woman or girl.
  4. (glassblowing) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
  5. The feathers sticking out from both sides of the face under the beak of some birds.
  6. A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object such as a pipe.
Related termsEdit


Etymology 2Edit

Origin unknown; perhaps a specialised use of Etymology 1, above; or perhaps related to Dutch muffen (to dote) and German muffen (to sulk).


muff (plural muffs)

  1. (colloquial) A fool, a stupid or poor-spirited person. [from 19th c.]
    • 1860, William Makepeace Thackeray, Lovel the Widower
      Can you fancy that such an old creature (an old muff, as you call him, you wicked, satirical man!) could ever make en impression on my heart?
  2. (slang, chiefly sports) An error, a mistake; a failure to hold a ball when once in the hands. [from 19th c.]
  3. A bird, the whitethroat.


muff (third-person singular simple present muffs, present participle muffing, simple past and past participle muffed)

  1. (sports) To drop or mishandle (the ball, a catch etc.); to play badly. [from 19th c.]
  2. To mishandle; to bungle. [from 1920s]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 69:
      Here was the superlative opportunity to make a generous and lasting settlement from a position of strength; but the pieds noirs, like the Israelis, and from not altogether dissimilar motives, were to muff it.

Etymology 3Edit



muff (plural muffs)

  1. (slang) A muffin.
    • 2010, Lindsay G. Arthur, The Litigators (page 63)
      Skinny lattes and a couple of blueberry muffs.





  1. singular imperative of muffen
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of muffen



From German Muff, from Dutch mof ("muff"), from Middle Dutch moffel, from Middle French moufle ("mitten"), from Medieval Latin muffula ("fur-lined glove"), of unknown origin.



muff (plural muffok)

  1. (archaic) muff (handwarmer)
  2. (slang) vagina
  3. (slang) woman


Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative muff muffok
accusative muffot muffokat
dative muffnak muffoknak
instrumental muffal muffokkal
causal-final muffért muffokért
translative muffá muffokká
terminative muffig muffokig
essive-formal muffként muffokként
inessive muffban muffokban
superessive muffon muffokon
adessive muffnál muffoknál
illative muffba muffokba
sublative muffra muffokra
allative muffhoz muffokhoz
elative muffból muffokból
delative muffról muffokról
ablative mufftól muffoktól
possessive - singular
muffé muffoké
possessive - plural
mufféi muffokéi
Possessive forms of muff
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. muffom muffjaim
2nd person sing. muffod muffjaid
3rd person sing. muffja muffjai
1st person plural muffunk muffjaink
2nd person plural muffotok muffjaitok
3rd person plural muffjuk muffjaik

Further readingEdit

  • muff in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN