1.1informal (substance, matter)what's this stuff called? — ¿cómo se llama esta cosa? informal
- I can't eat this stuff — esto yo no lo trago
- he rubbed some greasy stuff in his hair — se puso una cosa grasienta en el pelo
- this wine/caviar is good stuff — este vino/caviar es del bueno / está muy bien
- what sort of stuff does he write? — ¿qué tipo de cosa(s) escribe?
- my secretary deals with the routine stuff — mi secretaria se encarga de todas las tareas de rutina
- she's into Buddhism and all that stuff — le ha dado por el budismo y todo eso
- show them what kind of stuff you're made of — demuéstrales lo que vales
- to know one's stuff — ser un experto en la materia
- she really knows her stuff — es una experta en la materia
1.2informal (miscellaneous items)cosas feminineand stuff like that — y cosas por el estilo
- I left all my stuff at her house — dejé todas mis cosas en su casa
- I won't bore you with any more technical stuff other than to say that it is a masterpiece of engineering.
- There was apparently a really big rain in his town and all sorts of horrible stuff ended up in the pipeline.
- Did enough of us make a difference for you to put up some of that goofy stuff you were referring to?
- A load of kids are reading stuff and hearing stuff which refers back to Vietnam, and there is a resurgence in interest in the works of Chomsky.
- But I am getting enough language training at least to master the technical stuff.
- It is unusual but because I am at the early stages, I'm just doing the technical stuff.
- No matter how bad I feel, a bottle of the orange stuff sorts me out.
- There's also some stuff in the article about writing routines and the like.
- I said some pretty horrible stuff to her, and it still hurts knowing she may have died with those words still in her head.
- They always sell the same stuff, no matter where you are in the country.
- Growling softly to myself I leant down to pick up my stuff, my papers scattered everywhere.
- The fact that the New Statesman can't find anything more grown-up to publish than this sort of stuff is indicative of its sad decline.
- It's a trade exhibition for conference and exhibition organising groups and my Dad needed me to pick some stuff up.
- Don't fear, though, because you'll find all the good stuff between the disappointing material.
- He has some rare photos and artwork over there, a message board and all sorts of stuff.
- I was interested in all the technical stuff because films of this nature are, by definition, feats of technology.
- There was a lot of horrible stuff written about me and said about me that was totally inaccurate.
- My question is, when you get to know the little stuff, does the big stuff really matter?
- In the box there would be heritage stuff, the material evidence of the past, as well as history, the wisdom of the past.
- They wouldn't realise a thing until they picked up their stuff to go and there'd be a nice sweetie waiting there for them.
1.3informal slang (drugs)mercancía feminine slang
- Me and my bros used to drink that stuff like we now drink beer i.e. like there's no tomorrow.
- Basically, it's stuff to get drunk with; that is really what alcohol is for.
- At first money wasn't a problem I had a good job, good house, I sold my house to the drug dealers so they could sell their stuff.
- It follows that you need a sufficient quantity to significantly alter your mood, otherwise why drink the bloody stuff?
- I would not encourage my kids to smoke the stuff, but when they are sixteen, they can if they want.
- Piffle mate, would you go in a car while the driver is smoking the stuff?
- I slowly went downhill and back on to the heavy stuff like heroin.
- If they allowed dope to be used, I could grow her stuff, she could smoke it, and her life would be improved.
2informal(nonsense, excuse)cuento masculine informalsurely you don't believe all that stuff he tells you? — tú no te creerás todo lo que te cuenta ¿no?
- don't give me that stuff about losing your way — no me vengas con el cuento de que te perdiste
- stuff and nonsense! — ¡puro cuento!
- It doesn't go in for politics or injustice or any such stuff and nonsense.
- At first sight such an idea seems outrageous stuff and nonsense.
- The lectures were the usual old stuff and nonsense, but it's so easy to make new friends when you just bitch.
- So what are the general public and patients to make of this stuff and nonsense?
- The problem is, however, that to get to the point where we can afford all this stuff and nonsense, we have to work ridiculously long hours.
3(basic element)their expedition has become the stuff of history/legend — su expedición ha pasado a la historia/se ha convertido en una leyenda
- that's the stuff of politics — en eso consiste la política
- his novel is the stuff of which publishers' dreams are made — todo editor sueña con una novela así
- The earliest woven stuffs were made for use or ornament, before refinements in spinning and weaving permitted textiles malleable enough to clothe the body.
- Of course people have noticed before that Matisse posed his models in flimsy, filmy harem pants on divans and cushions covered with flowered or striped stuffs against fabric screens and curtains.
- His library was dukedom large enough, and here on the island he has, besides rich garments, linen stuffs and necessaries, volumes that he prizes above his dukedom.
1.1(fill)(quilt/toy/mattress) rellenar(leak/hole) taparto stuff sth with sth
- she stuffed it with feathers — lo rellenó de plumas
- we stuffed our pockets with apples — nos llenamos los bolsillos de manzanas
- she stuffed us with food — nos atiborró de comida
- he's stuffed her head full of nonsense — le ha llenado la cabeza de tonterías
- to stuff oneself/one's face — darse un atracón
- He caught chipmunks whose cheek pouches were so stuffed with lodgepole pine seeds that not one more would fit.
- While we were stuffed full of learning about other parts of the world, the school system left us utterly clueless about our won history.
- Samantha, 25, said: " The wallet was stuffed full of pictures, letters, keepsakes and prayer cards.
- My samosa was a monster - it looked more like a Cornish pastie than the small crispy triangles you usually get - and was stuffed with vegetables.
- In this competitive world, education has to be stuffed with subjects, which prepare the students to face any challenge.
- The deposit box is also stuffed with money in various currencies and a gun.
- Each of the pouches was stuffed with bizarre and unexplainable tools or devices.
- When you walked away from the conference the bins all over Blackpool were stuffed full of these bags.
- Nights of stuffing this sculpture with kapok, a new substance for the job, sent me into bouts of itching.
- There wasn't anything in there but a folder that was stuffed full of papers.
- Your suitcase will be stuffed full of them, too, so you can bring a Joyeux Noël back with you.
- ‘We're stuffed full of confidence that we will continue to grow the bank faster than any other bank in the UK,’ he says.
- Now my servants are frantically boarding the windows and stuffing sandbags.
- Adjoining the visitors shop is Hartlepool Museum, which is stuffed full of artefacts telling the story of the town, particularly its maritime heritage.
- Government today is stuffed full of political appointees who are highly influential, dedicated and powerful special advisers with a direct ear to ministers.
- The food basket was stuffed with savory meat pies, potato salad and a wonderful deep-dish apple pie for dessert.
- But then these rooms are stuffed with things of beauty, as the deputy curator of the collection, Martin Clayton, enthusiastically points out.
- Once more the little blue Ford was stuffed full of boxes and bags and off we set on the return journey.
- The two tea rooms were stuffed with damp holiday makers, all tucking into cake and cream and scones and cream and strawberry jam and cream.
- Its portfolio is stuffed full of some of Britain's best know pantry products.
1.2Cooking(chicken/pepper) rellenarto stuff sth with sth
- he stuffed it with rice — lo rellenó de arroz
- stuff the chicken with the chestnuts — rellenar el pollo con las castañas
- The thick slices of roast duck are stuffed into peeled fresh lychees, which are then laid in a sauce of lime, honey and osmanthus paste.
- It may be eaten in the form of tamales, the dough stuffed with savoury or sweet mixtures and steamed in maize or banana leaves.
- I've stuffed the ravioli with a thick paste or pesto of rocket and crunchy pine nuts for a really punchy flavour and texture, ready for a thin coating of rich tomato sauce.
- But I fancied the savoury pancakes stuffed with mushrooms, tomatoes and onions, and covered in a creamy cheese sauce.
- The burrito was stuffed with a mess of subtly-spiced smooth black beans, chunks of nicely roasted vegetables and molten cheese.
- Whole wheat tortillas are stuffed with refried black beans, real cactus leaves and cheddar cheese.
- Try the skewered shiitake mushrooms stuffed with minced chicken or handmade buckwheat noodles.
- The game hen was light, savory and the chestnut stuffing slightly sweet, and deliciously spiced.
- The chicken breasts can be stuffed in advance and popped in the steamer when you get in from work.
1.3(in taxidermy)(fish/animal/bird) disecar
- The dead elephant was stuffed and exhibited, and it stood in Vienna until Maximilian sent it to Munich.
- Poppino nurtures his student in the black arts of stuffing dead animals and soon Valerio has given up his job and his girlfriend to pursue this new calling.
- Last week I had the rare opportunity to shoot a panorama inside a museum diorama animal display filled with stuffed animals large and small.
- But Ron says there is still a place for stuffed or freeze-dried animals and birds.
- But doesn't this collection of stuffed, damaged, dead animals upset Singer, even though she has put her heart into giving them a purpose?
- As well as early fossils, there are displays of stuffed animals and birds, including a male and female Great Bustard.
- They've got stuffed beasts, stuffed birds, stuffed fish, and a huge historic rifle collection.
- He brought the ladder under a light gray stuffed Husky dog, climbed up the three steps and took down the dog.
- We also saw a variety of stuffed animals, birds and the full body size skins of the bear and the moose.
- Then they come to a taxidermist's shop with stuffed animals in the window.
- What appears to be a very strange place with large bird cages and freaky stuffed animals wasn't manufactured on a sound stage but was in fact exactly how his house looked every day!
- Several Irish talk show hosts have been filling the air waves with information about stuffing your dead pets.
- The prize for the final event, the best overall bird, is that it will be stuffed free of charge by local taxidermist Gerry Lundy.
- Phar Lap, a famous Aussie racehorse, was stuffed and standing in a corner.
- The Rivington otter has been sent to a Liverpool taxidermist to be stuffed.
- Hefty wooden tables and benches are situated on two levels and stuffed birds and animals stare down at diners from under the high ceiling's wooden beams.
- One thing unites the animals: they are all dead but stuffed by taxidermists at Edinburgh's Royal Museum on Chambers Street.
- This room was packed full of fishing, game and stuffed animals and game birds.
- Why would there even be such a museum filled with stuffed versions of animals who are not extinct?
- My neighbor is sitting beside me at a drum kit, with a stuffed hound dog between us.
- The right to vote can neither be denied outright nor destroyed by alteration of ballots nor diluted by stuffing ballot-boxes.
- Allegations of vote rigging and stuffing of the stuffing the ballot boxes ensued.
- Am I bothered by the results of a popularity contest where it would be oh-so-easy to stuff the ballot box?
- I'm not normally one to encourage people to stuff the ballot box, but you might want to vote in this poll twice.
- Although Democrats easily won the election by stuffing ballot boxes, they wanted revenge.
- Professor Lightbody would tell you that indifference ensures that no one stuffs the ballot box.
- The opposition claims the Movement for Multiparty Democracy stuffed ballot boxes and tampered with the count.
- EU observers say they also saw incidents of Kagame's supporters tampering with voter lists and stuffing ballot boxes.
- Supporters held my opponents at gunpoint while they stuffed the ballot boxes.
- I should also note that he did a fine job of stuffing the ballot box with phony phone calls to Smith to make him look he supported the draft.
- You don't need to stuff ballot boxes here; you don't need to put dead people on the voter rolls.
- It looks like some liberals are trying to stuff the ballot box in the early going.
- Zagat tries to make sure that the ballot box isn't stuffed by chefs and restaurateurs eager for a high rating.
- I asked for your votes to christen the small, flightless bird formerly known as Moderately Evil Penguin, and you stuffed the ballot box in your droves.
- Maybe a whole lot of liberals just discovered the contest, and maybe someone stuffed the ballot box.
- As long as you are not actually caught publicly stuffing the ballot box, how could Google possibly suggest that you are doing so?
- A team of journalists also saw ballot boxes being stuffed with ‘yes’ votes by an official at one polling station in Rawalpindi.
- As you can see, TSN's team came in fourth even without stuffing the ballot box and telling relatives to vote for our team.
2.1(thrust)to stuff sth into sth — meter algo en algo
- she stuffed the books into the bag — metió los libros en la bolsa
- I stuffed my fingers in(to) my ears — me puse los dedos en los oídos
- He went to his locker, snagged some of his things and stuffed them hastily inside his large duffel bag.
- She packed up her books and hastily stuffed them in her bag, walked out the hall and headed straight for the door.
- He read it hastily before stuffing it in his pocket.
- I copied down the words and hastily stuffed the paper in my pocket.
- He produced a bread knife and ordered the women to open the safe and then lie on the ground before he stuffed notes and coins into a black holdall.
- Schilling hastily stuffed a box full of items for her to auction at the tournament.
- Cane picked up the coins and stuffed them in his pockets; there were perhaps two hundred, so soon his pockets were full.
- Hastily, she stuffed her feet into a pair of sneakers and ran downstairs to where her grandfather was waiting for her.
- I meekly stuffed the meter with pound coins to the maximum permitted amount and we commenced shifting boxes and bags.
- I hastily stuffed everything into my backpack, crushing many important math assignments… whoops!
- Hastily, Gwen stuffed her cell phone in her purse, and got on the computer where she checked her email.
- He laughed while hastily stuffing the paper in his binder, still cracking up about his ‘little joke’.
- I asked Sarza as she hastily stuffed water bottles, napkins, and granola bars into a tote bag.
- I pulled out the piece of paper from my pocket where I had hastily stuffed it.
- Lucas hastily stuffed his drawings back into their folder and the folder disappeared into his backpack again.
- I hastily stuffed the blouse and skirt into the plastic bag Terry brought.
- She hastily scribbled something down, and then stuffed the pad into a drawer in the kitchen.
- Young and the others hastily stuffed a purifier into each nostril and inhaled some much needed fresh air.
- Hastily, I stuffed the Oreo boxes into a large duffel bag.
- I hastily stuffed three more forkfuls in my mouth, waiting for him to answer.
2.2informal (put)ponerjust stuff your things anywhere — pon tus cosas donde quieras
- I told him where he could stuff his advice — le dije qué podía hacer con sus consejos
- stuff her! — ¡que se joda!