Crossword clues for muff
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Whitethroat \White"throat`\, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of Old World warblers, esp. the common European species ( Sylvia cinerea), called also strawsmear, nettlebird, muff, and whitecap, the garden whitethroat, or golden warbler ( Sylvia hortensis), and the lesser whitethroat ( Sylvia curruca).
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"warm covering for the hands," 1590s, from Dutch mof "a muff," shortened from Middle Dutch moffel "mitten, muff," from Middle French moufle "mitten," from Old French mofle "thick glove, large mitten, handcuffs" (9c.), from Medieval Latin muffula "a muff," of unknown origin. In 17c.-18c. also worn by men. Meaning "vulva and pubic hair" is from 1690s; muff-diver "one who performs cunnilingus" is from 1935.
"to bungle," 1827, pugilism slang, probably related to muff (n.) "awkward person" (1837), perhaps from muff (n.) on notion of someone clumsy because his hands are in a muff. Related: Muffed; muffing.
Etymology 1 n. 1 (lb en historical) A piece of fur or cloth, usually with open ends, used for keeping the hands warm. 2 (lb en slang) Female pubic hair; the vulv
3 (lb en 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. Etymology 2
n. 1 (context colloquial English) A fool, a stupid or poor-spirited person. (from 19th c.) 2 (context slang chiefly sports English) An error, a mistake; a failure to hold a ball when once in the hands. (from 19th c.) 3 A bird, the whitethroat. v
1 (context sport English) To drop or mishandle (the ball, a catch et
); to play badly. (from 19th c.) 2 To mishandle; to bungle. (from 1920s) Etymology 3
n. (context slang English) A muffin.
n. a warm tubular covering for the hands
(sports) dropping the ball [syn: fumble]
v. fail to catch, as of a ball
make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]
Muff or MUFF may refer to:
A muff is a fashion accessory for outdoors usually made of a cylinder of fur or fabric with both ends open for keeping the hands warm. It was introduced to women's fashion in the 16th century and was popular with both men and women in the 17th and 18th centuries. By the early 20th century, muffs were used in England only by women. It is also reported that the fashion largely fell out of style in the 19th century. It briefly returned in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Usage examples of "muff".
Dorraine was all in white as well: stole, cossack hat, and a muff big enough, it occurred to Alacrity in passing, to hold those cute derringers plus a few landmines for luck.
Most of the cullet was muff, a special kind of glass that was treasured for its flaws rather than its perfection.
Dobber has a pretty fair sort of memory, and he says that Miss Sarah Brown tells The Sky that since he seems to know so much about the Bible, maybe he remembers the second verse of the Song of Solomon, but the chances are Dobber muffs the number of the verse, because I look the matter up in one of these Gideon Bibles, and the verse seems a little too much for Miss Sarah Brown, although of course you never can tell.
She followed her mistress down the stairs, carrying a sapphire-blue kerseymere pelisse and the fur tippet and immense muff the earl had insisted Delia purchase.
But, at all events, Tubby began early to ride Larry, insinuating--when the unhappy fellow had muffed a difficult or purposely confusing question--that perhaps if less time were spent on physical adornment and a little more on mental beautification his chances of graduating would be improved.
A furious clanging of bells broke out of the empty house, followed by muffed gurglings and trumpetings.
He had probably asked Pooch for the honor of asking me, and had muffed it.
They would lie awake of nights, thinking they heard the muffed snapping of roots, as if a thousand acres of the mountain-side were tugging to break away, like the snow from a house-roof, and a hundred thousand trees were clinging with all their fibres to hold back the soil just ready to peel away and crash down with all its rocks and forest-growths.
She gave him chances without end to say something meaningful, but he always muffed it.
Roland bawled something through his megaphone, but it was muffed by the sucking, washing noises of the water between the ships.
She peeled the glove from her right hand, stuck it in her pochette, then picked up the gun and thrust it into her muff.
Het was haar, of die geurige frischheid, die zachte adem ook al haar gedachten verfrischt en doorgeurd had als met een geur van veldbloemen, die den ongezonden muffen reuk van haar vroegere denkbeelden, als een ontzenuwend parfum van musc en opoponax, verdreven had.
Her cloth costume, which displayed to advantage her slender waist and graceful bust, was of simple but elegant cut, and was adorned with superb trimmings of black fox, which matched her toque and a little satin-lined muff, which from time to time she raised to her cheek to ward off the biting wind.
She reached into her muff and withdrew the banknote that Ambrose had provided for just this purpose.
Muff, Ministre Anglican, and borrowing money of him, and of her coaxing and flirting with Milor Noodle, son of Sir Noodle, pupil of the Rev.