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Meaning of muff

muff

Pronunciation: (muf), [key]
— n.
  1. a thick, tubular case for the hands, covered with fur or other material, used by women and girls for warmth and as a handbag.
  2. a bungled or clumsy action or performance.
  3. a failure to hold onto a ball that may reasonably be expected to be caught successfully.
  4. a tuft of feathers on the sides of the head of certain fowls.
  5. .a woman's pubic area.
  6. See under
—v.t.
  1. to bungle; handle clumsily: He muffed a good opportunity.
  2. to fail to hold onto (a ball that may reasonably be expected to be caught successfully); fumble.
—v.i.
  1. to bungle; perform clumsily.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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