muff

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from Dutch mof ‎(muff, mitten).

Noun[edit]

muff ‎(plural muffs)

  1. (historical) A piece of fur or cloth, usually with open ends, used for keeping the hands warm.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter I, The Younger Set:
      Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  2. (slang) Female pubic hair; the vulva.
  3. (glassblowing) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
  4. The feathers sticking out from both sides of the face under the beak of some birds.
  5. A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object such as a pipe.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown; perhaps a specialised use of Etymology 1, above.

Noun[edit]

muff ‎(plural muffs)

  1. (colloquial) A fool, a stupid or poor-spirited person. [from 19th c.]
    • Thackeray
      a muff of a curate
  2. (slang, chiefly sports) An error, a mistake; a failure to hold a ball when once in the hands. [from 19th c.]
  3. A bird, the whitethroat.
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Verb[edit]

muff ‎(third-person singular simple present muffs, present participle muffing, simple past and past participle muffed)

  1. (sports) To drop or mishandle (the ball, a catch etc.); to play badly. [from 19th c.]
  2. To mishandle; to bungle. [from 1920s]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 69:
      Here was the superlative opportunity to make a generous and lasting settlement from a position of strength; but the pieds noirs, like the Israelis, and from not altogether dissimilar motives, were to muff it.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Shortening.

Noun[edit]

muff ‎(plural muffs)

  1. (slang) A muffin.

German[edit]

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muff

  1. Imperative singular of muffen.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of muffen.

Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Muff, from Dutch mof ("muff"), from Middle Dutch moffel, from Middle French moufle ("mitten"), from Medieval Latin muffula ("fur-lined glove"), of unknown origin.

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Noun[edit]

muff ‎(plural muffok)

  1. (archaic) muff ("handwarmer")
  2. (slang) vagina
  3. (slang) woman

Declension[edit]

Inflection (plural in -ok, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative muff muffok
accusative muffot muffokat
dative muffnak muffoknak
instrumental muffal muffokkal
causal-final muffért muffokért
translative muffá muffokká
terminative muffig muffokig
essive-formal muffként muffokként
essive-modal
inessive muffban muffokban
superessive muffon muffokon
adessive muffnál muffoknál
illative muffba muffokba
sublative muffra muffokra
allative muffhoz muffokhoz
elative muffból muffokból
delative muffról muffokról
ablative mufftól muffoktól
Possessive forms of muff
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. muffom muffjaim
2nd person sing. muffod muffjaid
3rd person sing. muffja muffjai
1st person plural muffunk muffjaink
2nd person plural muffotok muffjaitok
3rd person plural muffjuk muffjaik