muff


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Muff \Muff\ (m[u^]f), n. [Cf. LG. muff, D. mof, G., Dan., & Sw.
   muff, F. moufle mitten, LL. muffula, MHG. mouwe sleeve, D.
   mouw, and E. muffle, v.]
   1. A soft cover of cylindrical form, usually of fur, worn by
      women to shield the hands from cold.
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   2. (Mech.) A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object, as
      a pipe.
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   3. (Glass Manuf.) A blown cylinder of glass which is
      afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
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   4. [Perhaps a different word; cf. Prov. E. maffle to
      slammer.] A stupid fellow; a poor-spirited person.
      [Colloq.] "A muff of a curate." --Thackeray.
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   5. [See 4.] (Baseball) A failure to hold a ball when once in
      the hands.
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   6. (Zool.) The whitethroat. [Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Muff \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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whitethroat \White"throat`\, n. (Zool.)
   Any one of several species of Old World warblers, esp. the
   common European species (Sylvia cinerea), called also
   strawsmear, nettlebird, muff, and whitecap, the
   garden whitethroat, or golden warbler ({Sylvia
   hortensis}), and the lesser whitethroat (Sylvia curruca).
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