Definition of stuffing in English:

stuffing

noun

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

    • ‘Bring up the sides of the dough and pinch to enclose the stuffing.’
    • ‘Cut a pouch in the center of each pork chop and fill with the stuffing.’
    • ‘Fill the mushrooms with the anchovy and olive stuffing and place them in a lightly oiled ovenproof dish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Season the stuffing with salt and black pepper, and pile the filling into the tomato halves.’
    • ‘The poblano is the most popular pepper for both roasting and stuffing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Any remaining stuffing can be scattered over the fish.’
    • ‘Make the stuffing by combining the garlic, parsley, coriander, lemon, capers, breadcrumbs and almonds.’
    • ‘Open the incision with your fingers and spoon the stuffing into the pocket.’
    • ‘They are filled to the brim with three stuffings: meat (pork and beef with onion, garlic); cheese and potato; sauerkraut and wild mushroom.’
    • ‘Fill the hollows in the squash with the stuffing, cover with buttered foil and bake for 15-20 minutes.’
    • ‘To make the stuffing, whiz the bread in a food processor until it forms fine crumbs.’
    • ‘Don't try to put too much stuffing inside the rolls, it only makes them harder to roll and more prone to tearing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On a hard roll, layer turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing with a little mayonnaise.’
    • ‘You need to cook the stuffing separately or it will absorb too much of the fat.’
    • ‘Fill each pig leg with the stuffing, secure with butcher's twine, and set aside.’
    • ‘Substitute any leftover bread from making stuffing for the baguette.’
    filling, forcemeat, farce, salpicon
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  • 2Padding used to stuff cushions, furniture, or soft toys.

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

  • knock (or take) the stuffing out of

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

      • ‘His father died when he was 12, an event that can knock the stuffing out of many people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We try to do our bit to make the place better, but this sort of thing just knocks the stuffing out of us.’
      • ‘Their unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 59 in 12 overs knocked the stuffing out of Yorkshire.’
      • ‘We're all pretty dejected, we didn't play well enough in the first-half and the goal knocked the stuffing out of us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A controversial penalty knocked the stuffing out of Kingstonian after one of their best performances for some time, writes Phil Windeatt.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      devastate, shatter, crush, shock, stun, distress, upset, traumatize
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Pronunciation

stuffing

/ˈstəfɪŋ//ˈstəfiNG/