Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

stuff - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb [transitive] stuff pronunciation in British English /stʌf/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestuffing
past tensestuffed
past participlestuffed
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    to push something soft into a space or container
    stuff something into something:

    Alice quickly stuffed her clothes into a suitcase and left.

  2. 2
    to fill a container or space with something, especially something soft
    stuff something with something:

    It’s cheaper to stuff the pillows with foam than with feathers.

    1. a.
      to fill meat or vegetables with small pieces of another type of food
      stuff something with something:

      We could stuff the pasta with cheese and vegetables.

    2. b.
      to fill a dead animal’s skin so that it looks alive

      Dad had that big fish he caught stuffed.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play