• WordNet 3.6
    • v muff 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"
    • v muff fail to catch, as of a ball
    • n muff (sports) dropping the ball
    • n muff a warm tubular covering for the hands
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Muff (Glass Manuf) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
    • Muff (Baseball) A failure to hold a ball when once in the hands.
    • Muff (Mech) A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object, as a pipe.
    • Muff A soft cover of cylindrical form, usually of fur, worn by women to shield the hands from cold.
    • Muff A stupid fellow; a poor-spirited person. "A muff of a curate."
    • Muff (Zoöl) The whitethroat.
    • v. t Muff To handle awkwardly; to fumble; to fail to hold, as a ball, in catching it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n muff A cover into which both hands may be thrust in order to keep them warm. It is commonly cylindrical and made of fur, but sometimes of velvet, silk, plush, etc., in bag shape or other fanciful design. The muff was introduced into France toward the close of the sixteenth century, and soon after into England. It was used by both men and women, and in the seventeenth century was often an essential part of the dress of a man of fashion; but it is now exclusively an article of female apparel.
    • n muff The whitethroat, Sylvia cinerea. Macgillirray. Also muffet.
    • n muff A cylinder of blown glass ready for slitting and spreading open in the flattening-furnace to form a plate.
    • n muff A joiningtube or coupler for uniting two pipes end to end.
    • muff To mumble; speak indistinctly.
    • muff To perform clumsily or badly; fail, as in some attempt in playing a game; muddle; make a mess of.
    • muff Specifically, in ball-playing, to fail to hold (the ball) when it comes into the hands.
    • muff To act clumsily or badly, especially in playing a game, as in receiving a ball into one's hands and failing to hold it.
    • n muff A simpleton; a stupid or weak-spirited person.
    • n muff An inefficient apprentice craftsman.
    • n muff Anything done in a clumsy or bungling fashion, as a bad stroke of play in a game of ball; specifically, in ball-playing, failure to hold a ball that comes into one's hands.
    • n muff A lap or fleece of fibrous material, such as the lap of waste cotton, which is taken from the comb of a combing-machine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Muff muf a warm, soft cover for the hands in winter, usually of fur or dressed skins
    • n Muff muf a stupid fellow
    • v.t., v.i Muff to perform awkwardly, spoil: to act clumsily, esp. in letting a ball slip out of the hands
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. muff, D. mof, G., Dan., & Sw. muff, F. moufle, mitten, LL. muffula, MHG. mouwe, sleeve, D. mouw, and E. muffle, v


In literature:

Muff (Colonial Office, London, 1908).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
She also carried a new beaver muff, but in one hand only.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
For the lamb use a white muff, being careful to shield it from the direct gaze of the audience.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
A muff is made when a "fly" or thrown ball, striking fairly in the hands of a fielder, is not caught.
"Base-Ball" by John M. Ward
She likes us to have things alike, so I will have Muff and she will have Puff, Muff's brother.
"Little Maid Marian" by Amy E. Blanchard
Before her on the table lay her gloves and her muff, to which a little bunch of violets was fastened.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Muff she had not at the time, nor could have had appropriately from the style of her costume in other respects.
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2" by Thomas de Quincey
The young girl laughed as she flung down on the sofa her muff and fur neck-piece.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
Perhaps they think I'm a muff to have given in about it.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
My love pick up my new muff.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens

In poetry:

All the Stags in Capel Court
Saw her lightly trip it;
All the lads of Stock Exchange
Twigg'd her muff and tippet.
"A Doe In The City" by William Makepeace Thackeray
What is it maks a gaumless muff
Grow rich, an roll i' lots o' stuff,
Woll better men can't get enough?
It's sooap.
"What Is It?" by John Hartley
Noo leädy, wi' her muff an' vaïl,
Do walk wi' sich a steätely tread
As she do, wi' her milkèn païl
A-balanc'd on her comely head.
"The Milk-Maid O’ The Farm" by William Barnes
There was an Old Person of Mold,
Who shrank from sensations of cold,
So he purchased some muffs,
Some furs and some fluffs,
And wrapped himself from the cold.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Mold" by Edward Lear
"Here are good, thick cloaks for your ragged backs,
And strong, warm boots for your feet," said he,
"And for Stephen, gloves and a little axe,
And a little fur muff for Rosemary."
"Legend" by Stephen Vincent Benet
And the folk were gone and the saint was fled—
And we stared and stared at the wintry land.
And in front of us there was a banquet spread.
And a little fur muff on Rosemary's hand.
"Legend" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

The sound is rooted in the band's fascination with Big Muff distortion and pale demigod Jack White.
Listen The Infinite X's: Welcome To the Show X: Sugarlight The Muffs: No Action The Hissyfits: Baby Dressy Bessy: That's Why Stella: L'idole des jaunes The Masonics: The Masonic Machine Jay-Z: Izzo ( Hova 's Back mix).
Beavers muff their chance to make a game of it.
None were as glaring and discouraging as the muffs by Devon Kell and Markus Wheaton.
Muff Mondays at The Ruby Room.
I mean if you use earbuds they go in your ears anyway, so you could easily wear muffs over them.
K-State head coach Suzie Fritz recalled one of those times the team decided to be a little playful with Muff 's by the book approach, when freshman setter Katie Brand added a miniscule amount of chaos to the system.
Muff 's late free throws in OT helps Eastern Kentucky beat Towson 71-69.
The teams exchanged baskets, until Muff 's two free throws with 26 seconds left gave Eastern Kentucky the lead 69-67.
The source of Barack Obama's muff on a line suggesting the US outsources jobs was Mitt Romney, according to Obama.
The Bloody Muffs leave New York City in search of a pit.
Pat 's story about Harding basketball star Jermaine Muff is one of his favorites.
Keeper muffs easy catch and tackles striker .
For Dan Muff, applying the right product in the right place at the right time in the right amount for the plant comes down to basic science.

In science:

Muff, Rao, and Caflisch define the local modularity to be the same as modularity, except that the denominators in the fractions ers are the numbers of edges in a cluster’s “neighborhood,” defined to be itself and all neighboring clusters.
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