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  • IPA(key): /stʌft/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌft

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  1. simple past and past participle of stuff

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stuffed (comparative more stuffed, superlative most stuffed)

  1. Full or packed (with some material or substance).
    Customs officers look closely through a stuffed suitcase.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], →OCLC:
      They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too. [].
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 190:
      In unconscious memory of this relationship of animals and innocence, children's rooms are traditionally filled with stuffed animals.
    • 1997, Philippe Bonnefis, translated by Paul Weidmann, Céline: The Recall of the Birds, page 109:
      Hence, perhaps, the dins Céline deafens us with, in texts more and more stuffed with onomatopoeias.
    • 2008, Carn Tiernan, On the Back of the Other Side, page 2:
      She didn't forget to pack anything, none of those irritating little things that wait till the last moment to pop out of hiding and make her re-open her most stuffed suitcase.
    • 2009, Marsha Collier, eBay Business All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd edition, unnumbered page:
      The more stuffed your hard drive, the more Blob-like it becomes.
    • 2009, David Ugba, Awaken the Riches Within: Creating Extraordinary Wealth Using the Powerful Imagination of a Poet, iUniverse, page 96:
      Creating a poetic or extraordinary belief is the simple act of intensifying the mood or atmosphere of your belief and making it more stuffed with the ability or power to come real.
  2. (cooking) Filled with seasoning.
    We're having stuffed turkey for dinner.
  3. (slang) Full after eating.
    Stuffed children sleep poorly.
    • 2002, Sheila M. Reindl, Sensing the Self: Women′s Recovery from Bulimia, page 40:
      Beth says: "I never knew when I was full 'cause I always felt like I didn't know whether I was hungry or full. My whole life I never knew when I was full or hungry unless I was really stuffed or really starving."
    • 2009, Jason McCammon, The Ancient Lands: Warrior Quest: Search for the IFA Scepter, unnumbered page:
      "See, huge meal." Replied Farra. / "Still stuffed." / "Yes, quite stuffed."
    • 2009, Swapna Dutta, edited by Geeta Menon, Folk Tales of West Bengal, page 47:
      Allhadi gave a contented yawn and said: / "I have eaten till I am really stuffed / I am full and bloated and so puffed / I am bursting, I am telling you true / I couldn't eat more if you begged me to."
  4. (UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, informal) Very tired.
    • 2011, Nick Oud, The Hatchling and The Human, Xlibris, page 74:
      'Well, you talked me into it,' said Cornelius. 'I feel really stuffed. I can tell you that for sure. So I could do with a bloody good sleep.'
  5. (UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand) Broken, not functional; in trouble, in a situation from which one is unlikely to recover.
    • 1998, John Marsden, The Night is for Hunting, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, published 2001, unnumbered page:
      If the suspension was stuffed already from hitting the concrete base of the fence—and it was—then it was really stuffed by the time we'd gone a kilometre along the railway.
    • 2002, Clare de Vries, Of Cats and Kings, page 174:
      But if you don't play ball in life, if you don′t go for it with a sincere 'Go, girrrrl' rugby-tackle attitude, you're really stuffed.
    • 2019 March 6, Drachinifel, 36:17 from the start, in The Battle of Samar (Alternate History) - Bring on the Battleships![1], archived from the original on 4 July 2022:
      Although the 14-inch Standard that Yamato targets is stuffed, and maybe the one after that, a prolonged bombardment by a Colorado-class is not gonna do good things to anything - doesn't really matter who you are.

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