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Definition of "muff" []

  • To perform or handle clumsily; bungle. See Synonyms at botch. (verb-transitive)
  • Sports To fail to make (a catch). (verb-transitive)
  • To perform an act clumsily. (verb-intransitive)
  • A clumsy or bungled action. (noun)
  • Sports A failure to make a catch. (noun)
  • An open-ended cylinder of fur or cloth into which the hands are placed for warmth (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The tuft on either side of the head of certain fowls (noun)

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Use "muff" in a sentence
  • "George Romney (1781, discussed above), where her small muff is centered below her sheathed bosom and her modestly hidden hands suggest another story."
  • "Yes, horrid cold; but my muff is so big, I won't carry it."
  • "Of him whose creation is sufficient to render the year 1849 memorable in the annals of the land much has ere now been written -- that type of a well-to-do British householder, delightful for his follies and endearing by his pluck, something of a lunatic, it must be admitted, yet more of a sportsman, and most of all a "muff" -- _Punch's_ "simple-minded Philistine paterfamilias.""