Definition of stuffing in English:

stuffing

noun

mass noun
  • 1A mixture used to stuff poultry or meat before cooking.

    ‘sage and onion stuffing’
    count noun ‘packet stuffings are quick to use’
    • ‘On a hard roll, layer turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing with a little mayonnaise.’
    • ‘Don't try to put too much stuffing inside the rolls, it only makes them harder to roll and more prone to tearing.’
    • ‘Substitute any leftover bread from making stuffing for the baguette.’
    • ‘Fill the mushrooms with the anchovy and olive stuffing and place them in a lightly oiled ovenproof dish.’
    • ‘The stuffing was seasoned with salt and the bird coated with flour and strips of fat bacon and then roasted in the black oven pot with coals on the lid to maintain an even temperature.’
    • ‘The stallholder is another multi-tasker, rolling the crêpes and their stuffing with one hand while using the other to coax new sheets of wet rice paper off a steamer with a long chopstick.’
    • ‘In 17th and 18th-century English recipes, mixtures for stuffings and forcemeats of many types are recorded.’
    • ‘You need to cook the stuffing separately or it will absorb too much of the fat.’
    • ‘The minced stuffing is then wrapped with tofu skin before being deep fried in oil and topped with a few fresh cucumber slices as a finishing touch.’
    • ‘Fill each pig leg with the stuffing, secure with butcher's twine, and set aside.’
    • ‘Make the stuffing by combining the garlic, parsley, coriander, lemon, capers, breadcrumbs and almonds.’
    • ‘Any remaining stuffing can be scattered over the fish.’
    • ‘Cut a pouch in the center of each pork chop and fill with the stuffing.’
    • ‘Fill the hollows in the squash with the stuffing, cover with buttered foil and bake for 15-20 minutes.’
    • ‘They are filled to the brim with three stuffings: meat (pork and beef with onion, garlic); cheese and potato; sauerkraut and wild mushroom.’
    • ‘Open the incision with your fingers and spoon the stuffing into the pocket.’
    • ‘The poblano is the most popular pepper for both roasting and stuffing.’
    • ‘To make the stuffing, whiz the bread in a food processor until it forms fine crumbs.’
    • ‘Bring up the sides of the dough and pinch to enclose the stuffing.’
    • ‘Season the stuffing with salt and black pepper, and pile the filling into the tomato halves.’
    filling, forcemeat, farce, salpicon
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  • 2Padding used to stuff cushions, furniture, or soft toys.

    ‘the stuffing is coming out of the armchair’
    • ‘The stuffing of the tooled-leather cushion rustled as I settled into it.’
    • ‘Her hands had grasped the chair's cushion and ripped out part of the stuffing that was put inside.’
    • ‘The others huddle behind the furniture as blasts rip into the green leather, stuffing flying into the air.’
    • ‘All the stuffed animals' stuffing was ripped from the stitches including their plastic black eyes.’
    • ‘Fur and the stuffing of the cushion rustled as he sat and settled himself.’
    • ‘Flax mills were built on the north-west side of the Takaka Hill, producing fibre used for rope, sacks, upholstery stuffing and linen.’
    • ‘They're transfixed, except for one boy in the back row who's busy picking the stuffing out of his cushion.’
    • ‘Used dryer sheets are perfect for this kind of stuffing or even tiny fabric scraps that are too small for other uses.’
    • ‘The punching bag lay in a thousand blackened pieces on the floor, material and stuffing scattered everywhere.’
    • ‘He had vehemently denied that syringes used in the hospital ended up in adjacent medical shops, and that bloodied cotton wads made good stuffing for mattresses.’
    • ‘The stuffing beneath the worn velvet seat cover sighed to wafer thinness under her negligible weight.’
    • ‘The yards are full of derelict cars, broken-down furniture, sofas with the stuffing bursting out.’
    • ‘The curtains hung across the windows looked worn and on some of the chairs I could see the stuffing coming through the cushions.’
    • ‘Dried moss was replaced by synthetic materials used in stuffing car seats and furniture.’
    padding, wadding, lining, filling, quilting, cushioning, upholstery, packing, filler
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  • 3informal count noun A heavy defeat in sport.

    • ‘He didn't seem to notice, let alone give a stuffing, that the rest of the political world had stopped, at least for a day.’
    • ‘This was one of the most abject stuffings in the history of Scottish rugby, with Glasgow losing out on power, pace and skill, as well as almost every phase.’
    • ‘So tomorrow, I'll spend two hours praying we give Telford a good stuffing, and that two of our most hated local rivals do us a favour by taking points off other teams in the dogfight.’
    • ‘But since the football pitch has replaced the battlefield, our desire to see Germany get a good stuffing has not diminished.’
    • ‘People were upset with the party's leadership so they beat the stuffings out of the party during the election.’
    • ‘And just before the excitement of the first try had died the lads from Mount Lavinia crossed the opponents line again to knock the stuffings out of Royal.’
    • ‘Indeed, as the US papers were more than desperate to point out repeatedly, they gave many a team a real stuffing.’
    • ‘A comprehensive stuffing of Leeds seven days ago prompted the club to a higher plane.’
    • ‘Southport played the role of the seasonal turkeys as they were given a festive stuffing by the Shrimps on Boxing Day.’
    • ‘Okay, they may not be quite as up on the game as the crew who were giving Samoa a good stuffing in Watford yesterday afternoon, but they're not far off.’
    • ‘Even when they were given a comprehensive stuffing, Hamilton was overlooked.’
    • ‘Navan gave a hopeful Carlow a right stuffing in Balreask Old on Sunday and face neighbours Ashbourne in a repeat of a fairly recent final in Mullingar.’

Phrases

  • knock (or take) the stuffing out of

    • informal Severely impair the confidence or strength of (someone)

      ‘rebuffs and power struggles knocked the stuffing out of him’
      ‘illness had knocked the stuffing out of me’
      • ‘A controversial penalty knocked the stuffing out of Kingstonian after one of their best performances for some time, writes Phil Windeatt.’
      • ‘But we came up with a set-play for the first goal and the second goal knocked the stuffing out of Everton and made it an easy game for the defenders.’
      • ‘The mum of two said: ‘When you are 50 and feeling well, it knocks the stuffing out of you, to say the least, to be told you have bowel cancer.’’
      • ‘That drove their revenues sharply negative at the same time as the collapse of the stock market bubble knocked the stuffing out of their pension fund.’
      • ‘His father died when he was 12, an event that can knock the stuffing out of many people.’
      • ‘The score knocked the stuffing out of the Abbey and the increased wind advantage for St Colman's made their task all the more daunting.’
      • ‘The two Hungarian goals either side of the break then knocked the stuffing out of a team already low on confidence and another defeat was duly delivered.’
      • ‘We're all pretty dejected, we didn't play well enough in the first-half and the goal knocked the stuffing out of us.’
      • ‘Their unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 59 in 12 overs knocked the stuffing out of Yorkshire.’
      • ‘We try to do our bit to make the place better, but this sort of thing just knocks the stuffing out of us.’
      devastate, shatter, crush, shock, stun, distress, upset, traumatize
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Pronunciation

stuffing

/ˈstʌfɪŋ/