Stuff vs. Item

Stuff vs. Item — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Stuff and Item

Stuffnoun

The material out of which something is made or formed; substance.

Itemnoun

A single article or unit in a collection, enumeration, or series.

Stuffnoun

The essential substance or elements; essence

"We are such stuff / As dreams are made on" (Shakespeare).

Itemnoun

A clause of a document, such as a bill or charter.

Stuffnoun

Unspecified material

Put that stuff over there.

Itemnoun

An entry in an account.

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Stuffnoun

Household or personal articles considered as a group.

Itemnoun

A bit of information; a detail.

Stuffnoun

Worthless objects.

Itemnoun

A short piece in a newspaper or magazine.

Stuffnoun

(Slang) Specific talk or actions

Don't give me that stuff about being tired.

Itemnoun

A romantically involved couple

"[They] soon began seeing each other ... and were an item for a year and a half." (Peter J. Boyer).
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Stuffnoun

The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.

Itemadverb

Also; likewise. Used to introduce each article in an enumeration or list.

Stuffnoun

The spin, english, curve, or speed imparted to a ball

"where we could watch the stuff, mainly curves, that the pitchers were putting on the ball" (James Henry Gray).

Itemverb

To record, especially in an itemized list.

Stuffnoun

(Basketball) A dunk shot.

Itemnoun

A distinct physical object.

Tweezers are great for manipulating small items.

Stuffnoun

Special capability

The team really showed its stuff and won the championship.

Itemnoun

An object that can be picked up for later use.

Stuffnoun

Chiefly British Woven material, especially woolens.

Itemnoun

A line of text having a legal or other meaning; a separate particular in an account.

the items in a billIn response to the first item, we deny all wrongdoing.

Stuffnoun

(Slang) Money; cash.

Itemnoun

(psychometrics) A question on a test, which may include its answers.

The exam has 100 items, each of which includes a correct response and three distractors.

Stuffnoun

(Slang) A drug, especially one that is illegal or habit-forming.

Itemnoun

A matter for discussion in an agenda.

The first item for discussion is the budget for next year's picnic.

Stuffverb

To pack (a container) tightly; cram

stuff a Christmas stocking.

Itemnoun

(informal) Two people who are having a relationship with each other.

Jack and Jill are an item.

Stuffverb

To block (a passage); plug

stuff a crack with caulking.

Itemnoun

A short article in a newspaper.

an item concerning the weather

Stuffverb

(Basketball) To block (a shot or an opponent who is shooting), especially before the ball leaves the shooter's hands.

Itemnoun

(obsolete) A hint; an innuendo.

Stuffverb

To place forcefully into a container or space; thrust

stuffed laundry into the bag.

Itemverb

(transitive) To make a note of.

Stuffverb

(Sports) To shoot (a ball or puck) forcefully into the goal from close range.

Itemadverb

likewise

Stuffverb

(Basketball) To dunk (the ball).

Itemnoun

a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list;

he noticed an item in the New York Timesshe had several items on her shopping listthe main point on the agenda was taken up first

Stuffverb

To fill with an appropriate stuffing

stuff a pillow.

Itemnoun

a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection;

they reduced the price on many items

Stuffverb

To fill (an animal skin) to restore its natural form for mounting or display.

Itemnoun

a small part that can be considered separately from the whole;

it was perfect in all details

Stuffverb

To cram with food.

Itemnoun

an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole;

several of the details are similara point of information

Stuffverb

To fill (the mind)

His head is stuffed with silly notions.

Itemnoun

an individual instance of a type of symbol;

the word`error' contains three tokens of `r'

Stuffverb

To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).

Itemadverb

(used when listing or enumerating items) also;

a length of chain, item a hook

Stuffverb

To apply a preservative and softening agent to (leather).

Stuffverb

To overeat; gorge.

Stuffnoun

(informal) Miscellaneous items or objects; (with possessive) personal effects.

What is all that stuff on your bedroom floor?He didn't want his pockets to bulge so he was walking around with all his stuff in his hands.

Stuffnoun

(informal) Unspecified things or matters; trivial details.

I had to do some stuff.

Stuffnoun

The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.

Stuffnoun

(archaic) A material for making clothing; any woven textile, but especially a woollen fabric.

Stuffnoun

Abstract substance or character.

Stuffnoun

(informal) Used as placeholder, usually for material of unknown type or name.

Can I have some of that stuff on my ice-cream sundae?

Stuffnoun

(slang) Narcotic drugs, especially heroin.

Stuffnoun

Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.

Stuffnoun

(obsolete) A medicine or mixture; a potion.

Stuffnoun

(obsolete) Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language; nonsense; trash.

Stuffnoun

(nautical) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication.

Stuffnoun

Paper stock ground ready for use. When partly ground, it is called half stuff.

Stuffverb

(transitive) To fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess.

She stuffed the turkey for Thanksgiving using her secret stuffing recipe.

Stuffverb

(transitive) To fill a space with (something) in a compressed manner.

He stuffed his clothes into the closet and shut the door.

Stuffverb

(transitive) To load goods into (a container) for transport.

Stuffverb

To sate.

I’m stuffed after having eaten all that turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious stuffing.

Stuffverb

To break. en

Stuffverb

To sexually penetrate. en

Stuffverb

See also stuff it.

Stuff your stupid rules, I'll do what I like.

Stuffverb

(transitive) To cut off another competitor in a race by disturbing his projected and committed racing line (trajectory) by an abrupt manoeuvre.

I got stuffed by that guy on the supermoto going into that turn, almost causing us to crash.

Stuffverb

To preserve a dead bird or other animal by filling its skin.

Stuffverb

(transitive) To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration.

Stuffverb

(transitive) To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.

Stuffverb

To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.

Stuffverb

To compress (a file or files) in the StuffIt format, to be unstuffed later.

Stuffverb

(pronominal) To eat, especially in a hearty or greedy manner.

Stuffinterjection

(slang) A filler term used to dismiss explanation.

Why are you so sad, Joseph? – Well… stuff.

Stuffnoun

the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object;

coal is a hard black materialwheat is the stuff they use to make bread

Stuffnoun

miscellaneous unspecified objects;

the trunk was full of stuff

Stuffnoun

informal terms for personal possessions;

did you take all your clobber?

Stuffnoun

senseless talk;

don't give me that stuff

Stuffnoun

unspecified qualities required to do or be something;

the stuff of herosyou don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine

Stuffnoun

information in some unspecified form;

it was stuff I had heard beforethere's good stuff in that book

Stuffnoun

a critically important or characteristic component;

suspense is the very stuff of narrative

Stuffverb

fill completely;

The child stuffed his pockets with candy

Stuffverb

press or force;

Stuff money into an envelopeShe thrust the letter into his hand

Stuffverb

obstruct;

My nose is all stuffedHer arteries are blocked

Stuffverb

overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself;

She stuffed herself at the dinnerThe kids binged on icecream

Stuffverb

treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting;

stuff a bearskin

Stuffverb

fill tightly with a material;

stuff a pillow with feathersThe old lady wants to have her dead poodle stuffed by the taxidermist

Stuffverb

fill with a stuffing while cooking;

Have you stuffed the turkey yet?