muff

muff

[muhf]
noun
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.
Sports. 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.
Slang: Vulgar. a woman's pubic area.
6.
See under muff glass.
verb (used with object)
7.
Informal. to bungle; handle clumsily: He muffed a good opportunity.
8.
Sports. to fail to hold onto (a ball that may reasonably be expected to be caught successfully); fumble.
verb (used without object)
9.
Informal. to bungle; perform clumsily.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Dutch mof, earlier moffel, muffel mitten, muff < Old North French moufle < early Medieval Latin muffula, perhaps < Frankish

muffy, adjective
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muff glass

noun
sheet glass made from a blown cylinder (muff) that is split and flattened.
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muff1 (mʌf)
 
n
1.  an open-ended cylinder of fur or cloth into which the hands are placed for warmth
2.  the tuft on either side of the head of certain fowls
 
[C16: probably from Dutch mof, ultimately from French mouffle muffle1]

muff2 (mʌf)
 
vb
1.  to perform (an action) awkwardly
2.  (tr) to bungle (a shot, catch, etc) in a game
 
n
3.  any unskilful play in a game, esp a dropped catch
4.  any clumsy or bungled action
5.  a bungler
 
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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muff
"warm covering for the hands," 1599, from Du. mof "a muff," shortened from M.Du. moffel "mitten, muff," from M.Fr. moufle "mitten," from O.Fr. moufle "thick glove," from M.L. muffula "a muff," of unknown origin. In 17c.-18c. also worn by men. Meaning "vulva and pubic hair" is from 1699; muff-diver "one
who performs cunnilingus" is from 1935.

muff
"to bungle," 1827, pugilism slang, related to muff (n.) "awkward person" (1837), perhaps from muff (n.) on notion of someone clumsy because his hands are in a muff.
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muff

in wearing apparel, usually cylindrical covering of fur, fabric, feathers, or other soft material, with open ends into which the hands are placed to keep them warm. Originally a purse and hand warmer in one, the muff was first introduced to women's fashion in 1570, when fur trimming was becoming popular

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