muff

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English[edit]

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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 Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
      Selwyn …, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around [] to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure [] 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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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.

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muff (plural muffs)

  1. (slang) A muffin.

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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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muff (plural muffok)

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

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