Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stuff v.1

[SE stuff, to fill up but increasingly seen as a euph. for fuck v. (1); note double entendre in D’Urfey, Pills to Purge Melancholy (1719): ‘Three things must be stuffed, I’ll tell you if I can; / A pudding, a cushion, and a Woman’]

1. [late 17C+] (also stuff it up) to have sexual intercourse with; also anal intercourse; thus stuffed adj.; stuffing n.

2. [mid-19C+] (also stuff up) to tease, to tell lies, to fool, to hoax; thus stuffed adj.

3. [late 19C-1900s] to place a false name on a payroll so as to draw the salary illegally.

4. [1940s+] as a general euph. for fuck v. (1)

5. [1940s+] to defeat, to outwit.

6. [1980s] (US black, also stuff up) to attack, verbally or physically.

7. [1990s+] to cause trouble for; thus stuffed adj.

In compounds

stuff-gut (n.)

[19C] a glutton; also attrib.

In phrases

stuff it up (v.)

see sense 1 above.

stuff up (v.)

1. [1980s+] to ruin, to make a mess of.

2. see sense 2 above.

3. see sense 6 above.

In exclamations

stuff and butter it! (also stuff and butter me!)

[2000s] (N.Z.) an excl. of annoyance or surprise.

stuff me! (also stuff me sideways! stuff my old boots!) [euph. for fuck me! excl.]

[1950s+] an excl. of surprise, astonishment.