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Usage statistics for the noun stuff:

spoken English85.63%written English14.38% conversational speech66.55%task-oriented speech33.45%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun stuff:

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The word stuff is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun stuff

What does stuff mean as a name of something?

Stuff is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in speech, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in spoken English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: stuffs

  1. the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  2. miscellaneous unspecified objects
  3. informal terms for personal possessions
  4. senseless talk
  5. unspecified qualities required to do or be something
    • examples: the stuff of heros | you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: quality = an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  6. information in some unspecified form
    • examples: it was stuff I had heard before | there's good stuff in that book
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: info / information = a message received and understood
  7. a critically important or characteristic component

Alternative definition of the noun stuff


  1. Miscellaneous items; things.
  2. The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.
  3. A material for making clothing; a textile, often especially a woollen fabric.
  4. Abstract substance or character.
  5. [informal] [Used as placeholder for material of unknown type or name.]
  6. [slang, informal] Substitution for trivial details.
  7. [slang] Narcotic drugs, especially heroin.

Specialised definition of the noun stuff

Glossary of sports / baseball

the ability to throw the ball with speed and movement (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: he has excellent stuff, but his control lets him down.
  • usage: slang

Definition of the verb stuff

What does stuff mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: stuffed | stuffing | stuffs

  1. cram into a cavity
    • examples: The child stuffed candy into his pockets | They stuff the cart with boxes
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the store
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): dab, daub, drape, dust, heap, load, mound, plant, slather, stack, stock.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cram = put something somewhere so that the space is completely filled
    • more specific terms:
  2. press or force
    • examples: Stuff money into an envelope | They stuff the books into the box
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of stuff: shove / squeeze / thrust
    • more generic words: force / push = move with force
  3. obstruct
  4. overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
  5. treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting
    • example: stuff a bearskin
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: impregnate / saturate = infuse or fill completely
    • entailment: tan = treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather
  6. fill tightly with a material
    • example: stuff a pillow with feathers
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: fill / fill up / make full = make full, also in a metaphorical sense
    • more specific word: cork = stuff with cork
  7. fill with a stuffing while cooking


Stuff was an American, New York City-based jazz-funk band active in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The members were Gordon Edwards, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree, Chris Parker, and later Steve Gadd.


  1. "Stuff": "Stuff" is the debut studio disc by the group Stuff, a team of renowned session musicians who came together around the core of bassist Gordon Edwards. Released in 1976 on Warner Bros., it was produced by Herb Lovelle and legendary jazz producer Tommy LiPuma. The record attained RIAA gold status, and the group would go on to record two more studio discs, each of which also went gold.
  2. "Stuff" is Holly McNarland's 1997 debut LP album. It features the singles "Elmo," "Coward" and the hit single "Numb.
    • genre: Rock music
    • released on (18 years ago)
    • award: - Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year nomination for Holly McNarland
  3. "Stuff" is Eleanor McEvoy's eleventh studio album. The tracks on the album were compiled to meet the requests from fans for songs they couldn't find elsewhere. McEvoy chose the songs from her collection of single mixes, audiophile tracks, and songs written and performed on other artists records. McEvoy then went into the studio to record tracks that weren't found in her collection. After all songs were recorded the entire album was re-mastered.
  4. "Stuff" is a musical album of The Singing Loins.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  5. "sTUFF" is a musical album of Rob Sawyer.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  6. "Stuff" is a musical album of Zach Gill.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  7. "Stuff" is a musical album of Cinema Volta.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  8. "Stuff" is a musical album of The Magic Mushrooms.
  9. "Stuff" is a musical album of Box the Walls.
  10. "Stuff" is a musical album of Alex Chilton.
  11. "Stuff" is a musical album of Very Large Array.
  12. "Stuff" is a composition.


  1. "Stuff" is a book by Jeremy Strong.
    • genres: Fiction, Children's literature
    • subjects: Adolescence, Family, Comics
  2. "Stuff" is a book by Martin Rowson.


  1. "Stuff" is a documentary about the house of Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. It was made in 1993 by Johnny Depp and Gibby Haynes, the lead singer of the Butthole Surfers. Dr. Timothy Leary is also present in the video. The film's main purpose was to depict the chaos and instability of Frusciante's life. It was once aired in a Dutch TV show called Lola Da Musica, and was released in the '90s as a rare promo VHS. "Untitled #2" from Frusciante's Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt is featured on this film with a poem read over it. Also featured in the film is an otherwise unreleased Frusciante song, which contains elements of another song named "Untitled #5" on his album Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt.
  2. "Stuff" a.k.a. "The Stuff" is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris, Andrea Marcovicci, and Paul Sorvino. It was also the last film of noted actor Alexander Scourby.
  3. "Stuff" is a 2007 film directed by Karl R. Hearne.
  4. "Stuff" is a short film, directed by Frank Sisti Jr..


Stuff is a fictional character from the 2001 film The Yellow Bird.


Stuff is a record label.


  1. Stuff is a British men's magazine featuring reviews of consumer electronics and previews of future technology. International editions such as previously published in the United States include other articles of interest to a predominantly male audience.
  2. Stuff: In the context of materials, stuff can refer to any manufactured material. This is illustrated from a quote by Sir Francis Bacon in his 1658 publication New Atlantis: "Wee have also diverse Mechanicall Arts, which you have not; And Stuffes made by them; As Papers, Linnen, Silks, Tissues; dainty Works of Feathers of wonderfull Lustre; excellent Dies, and many others." In Coventry, those completing seven-year apprenticeships with stuff merchants were entitled to become freemen of the city.
  3. Stuff is a family TV film written by Kevin Brauch, Julie Zwillich and directed by Blair Harley.
    • regular cast: Kevin Brauch
    • award: - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (Triathlon) nomination for Kevin Brauch
  4. Stuff a.k.a. Stuff the Magic Dragon is the official mascot of the NBA franchise, the Orlando Magic. His name is a slight reference to the song, Puff the Magic Dragon and is close reference to a basketball term.
  5. STUFF a.k.a. South Texas Underground Film Festival is held in Corpus Christi, South Texas, USA.

Phrases with Stuff

Phrases starting with the word Stuff:

  1. Stuff Up
  2. stuff shot
  3. Stuff One's Face
  4. stuff and nonsense

Phrases ending with the word Stuff:

  1. to stuff
  2. hot stuff
  3. sob stuff
  4. real stuff
  5. Black Stuff
  6. Funny Stuff
  7. Short Stuff
  8. small stuff
  9. Folding Stuff
  10. Know One's Stuff
  11. Strut One's Stuff
  12. create from raw stuff
  13. Made of Sterner Stuff
  14. Skimble-Skamble Stuff
  15. Who Writes This Stuff

Other phrase containing the word Stuff:

  1. To Stuff Up

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stuff

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Google previewDon't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff (2002)

Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff is a book that tells you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Wonder Stuff Formed in Stourbridge, West Midlands, England, in April 1986, the Wonder Stuff originally featured Miles Hunt (b. 29 July 1966, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; vocals/guitar), Malcolm Treece (guitar), Rob Jones aka The ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia and Dictionary of Education (1921)

A Comprehensive, Practical and Authoritative Guide on All Matters Connected with Education, Including Educational Principles and Practice, Various Types of Teaching Institutions, and Educational Systems Throughout the World by Foster Watson

Black stuff gown and hood, the latter being trimmed with white fur All other gowns are of black silk. Hoods as follows — M.A. . . . Black silk lined with white silk B.D. . . . Black silk lined with blue silk D.D. . . . Scarlet silk lined with pink silk LL.B. .

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

Great care is also necessary in the sizing of this paper, that the drawing be neatly performed, and also that the sinking of the ink or colours into the irregularities of the stuff be prevented. The British and Dutch have had the greatest success in ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Addictive Drugs (2002)

by Richard Lawrence Miller

Ball, Ballot, Bart Simpson, Beast, Big H, Big Harry, Birdie Powder, Black Pearl, Black Stuff, Black Tar, Blanca, Blanco, Blows, Blue Bag, Blunt, Bomb, Bombido, Bombita, Bombs Away, Bonita, Boy, Bozo, Brain Damage, Brea, Brick Gum, Broja , ...

Google previewDictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines ... [ed] by Robert Hunt ... (1878)

by Andrew Ure

A perforated pipe, of a length corresponding with the length of the net-work or perforated surface, is placed within the classifier or riddle, from which a spray of clean water is played upon the ore stuff, to wash through the perforated sides all the ...

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Usage statistics about stuff

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun stuff:

spoken English85.63%written English14.38% conversational speech66.55%task-oriented speech33.45%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun stuff:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb stuff:


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Video language resources about Stuff

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Sign language

This is the Stuff by Francesca Battistelli in Sign Language


Quotes about Stuff

And Warner Bros. seems to be pretty much into re-releasing all of their catalog. So there's the Warner Bros. stuff and the stuff that we have control over, we're gradually re-releasing it. Some stuff we don't have control over. (Jerry Garcia)
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Scrabble value of S1T1U1F4F4

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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