Muff (?), n. [Cf. LG. muff, D. mof, G., Dan., & Sw. muff, F. moufle mitten, LL. muffula, MHG. mouwe sleeve, D. mouw, and E. muffle, v.]


A soft cover of cylindrical form, usually of fur, worn by women to shield the hands from cold.

2. Mech.

A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object, as a pipe.

3. Glass Manuf.

A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.

4. [Perhaps a different word; cf. Prov. E. maffle to slammer.]

A stupid fellow; a poor-spirited person.

[Colloq.] "A muff of a curate."


5. [See 4.] Baseball

A failure to hold a ball when once in the hands.

6. Zool.

The whitethroat.

[Prov. Eng.]


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Muff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Muffed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Muffing.]

To handle awkwardly; to fumble; to fail to hold, as a ball, in catching it.


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