muff


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muff 1

 (mŭf)
v. muffed, muff·ing, muffs
v.tr.
1. To perform or handle clumsily or ineptly; bungle. See Synonyms at botch.
2. Sports To fail to make (a catch).
v.intr.
To perform a task clumsily or ineptly.
n.
1. A clumsy or bungled action.
2. Sports A failure to make a catch.

[Origin unknown.]

muff 2

 (mŭf)
n.
1. A small cylindrical fur or cloth cover, open at both ends, in which the hands are placed for warmth.
2. A cluster of feathers on the side of the face of certain breeds of fowl.
3. Vulgar Slang The vulva.

[Dutch mof, from Middle Dutch moffel, from Old French mofle, mitten, from Medieval Latin muffula, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

muff

(mʌf)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) an open-ended cylinder of fur or cloth into which the hands are placed for warmth
2. (Zoology) the tuft on either side of the head of certain fowls
3. taboo slang Brit the female genitals
[C16: probably from Dutch mof, ultimately from French mouffle muffle1]

muff

(mʌf)
vb
1. to perform (an action) awkwardly
2. (General Sporting Terms) (tr) to bungle (a shot, catch, etc) in a game
n
3. (General Sporting Terms) any unskilful play in a game, esp a dropped catch
4. any clumsy or bungled action
5. a bungler
[C19: of uncertain origin]

muff

(mʌf)

n.
1. a thick tubular case for the hands, usu. covered with fur.
2. a bungled action or performance.
v.t.
3. to handle clumsily.
v.i.
4. to act clumsily.
[1590–1600; < Dutch mof < Old North French moufle < early Medieval Latin muffula]

muff


Past participle: muffed
Gerund: muffing

Imperative
muff
muff
Present
I muff
you muff
he/she/it muffs
we muff
you muff
they muff
Preterite
I muffed
you muffed
he/she/it muffed
we muffed
you muffed
they muffed
Present Continuous
I am muffing
you are muffing
he/she/it is muffing
we are muffing
you are muffing
they are muffing
Present Perfect
I have muffed
you have muffed
he/she/it has muffed
we have muffed
you have muffed
they have muffed
Past Continuous
I was muffing
you were muffing
he/she/it was muffing
we were muffing
you were muffing
they were muffing
Past Perfect
I had muffed
you had muffed
he/she/it had muffed
we had muffed
you had muffed
they had muffed
Future
I will muff
you will muff
he/she/it will muff
we will muff
you will muff
they will muff
Future Perfect
I will have muffed
you will have muffed
he/she/it will have muffed
we will have muffed
you will have muffed
they will have muffed
Future Continuous
I will be muffing
you will be muffing
he/she/it will be muffing
we will be muffing
you will be muffing
they will be muffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been muffing
you have been muffing
he/she/it has been muffing
we have been muffing
you have been muffing
they have been muffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been muffing
you will have been muffing
he/she/it will have been muffing
we will have been muffing
you will have been muffing
they will have been muffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been muffing
you had been muffing
he/she/it had been muffing
we had been muffing
you had been muffing
they had been muffing
Conditional
I would muff
you would muff
he/she/it would muff
we would muff
you would muff
they would muff
Past Conditional
I would have muffed
you would have muffed
he/she/it would have muffed
we would have muffed
you would have muffed
they would have muffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.muff - a warm tubular covering for the handsmuff - a warm tubular covering for the hands
hand wear, handwear - clothing for the hands
2.muff - (sports) dropping the ballmuff - (sports) dropping the ball    
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
Verb1.muff - fail to catch, as of a ball
fail, neglect - fail to do something; leave something undone; "She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib"; "The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account"
2.muff - make a mess of, destroy or ruinmuff - 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"
go wrong, miscarry, fail - be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"

muff

verb botch, bungle, fluff (informal), spoil, screw up (informal), mess up, cock up (Brit. slang), fuck up (offensive taboo slang), make a mess of, mismanage, make a nonsense of, bodge (informal), make a pig's ear of (informal), flub (U.S. slang), make a muck of (informal) He muffed his opening speech.

muff

verb
To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
Informal: bollix up, muck up.
Idiom: make a muck of.
noun
A stupid, clumsy mistake:
Informal: blooper, boner.
Slang: bloomer, goof.
Translations
muhvipuuhka
muff

muff

1 [mʌf] N (for hands) → manguito m

muff

2 [mʌf] VT [+ shot, catch etc] → fallar (Theat) [+ entrance, lines] → estropear
to muff a chancedesperdiciar una oportunidad, echar a perder una oportunidad
to muff itfastidiarla, hacerlo fatal

muff

[ˈmʌf]
nmanchon m
vt [+ shot, catch] → rater, louper

muff

1
nMuff m

muff

2 (inf)
n to make a muff of = to muff
vtvermasseln (inf), → verpatzen (inf); exam alsoverhauen (inf); questiondanebenhauen or sich verhauen bei (inf); kick, shot, balldanebensetzen (inf); lines, text, passageverpatzen (inf); to muff a catchdanebengreifen (inf), → schlecht fangen

muff

1 [mʌf] nmanicotto

muff

2 [mʌf] vt (shot, catch) → mancare, sbagliare
to muff it → sbagliare tutto
to muff one's lines (actor) → impappinarsi
References in classic literature ?
I think she was arrayed in little blue feathers, but if such a costume is not seemly, I swear there were, at least, little blue feathers in her too coquettish cap, and that she was carrying a muff to match.
Why, ma'am," answered Mrs Honour, "he came into the room one day last week when I was at work, and there lay your ladyship's muff on a chair, and to be sure he put his hands into it; that very muff your ladyship gave me but yesterday.
She shall give me her muff, and her pretty frock; she shall sleep in my bed
She skated a little uncertainly; taking her hands out of the little muff that hung on a cord, she held them ready for emergency, and looking towards Levin, whom she had recognized, she smiled at him, and at her own fears.
No, you've always been fair and square with me, Muff Potter, and I won't go back on you.
She threw her muff into a chair and a moment afterwards sank into it herself.
Gathering my mantle about me, and sheltering my hands in my muff, I did not feel the cold, though it froze keenly; as was attested by a sheet of ice covering the causeway, where a little brooklet, now congealed, had overflowed after a rapid thaw some days since.
As she stood there, in her long sealskin coat, her hands thrust in a small round muff, her veil drawn down like a transparent mask to the tip of her nose, and the bunch of violets he had brought her stirring with her quickly-taken breath, it seemed incredible that this pure harmony of line and colour should ever suffer the stupid law of change.
Yes, horrid cold; but my muff is so big, I won't carry it.
But next Christmas Thomasina Tittlemouse got a present of enough rabbit-wool to make herself a cloak and a hood, and a handsome muff and a pair of warm mittens.
I was wrapped up carefully in paper, put into Miss Monson's muff, and once more took my departure from the empire of Col.
High-heeled boots tilted her well forward, a tiny muff pinioned her arms, and a spotted veil, tied so closely over her face that her eyelashes were rumpled by it, gave the last touch of absurdity to her appearance.