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muff (go wrong)

Definition:

to make a mess of, destroy or ruin

Class:

social verb (politics, social activities, events, etc.)

Past tense:

muffed

Present participle:

muffing

3rd-person singular present:

muffs

Type of:

fail

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

ball up | blow | bobble | bodge | bodge up | bollocks [Britain] | botch | botch up | bumble | bungle | flub | fluff | foul up | fumble | louse up | mess up | mishandle | muck up | screw up | spoil | bollix [Britain, obscenity] | bollix up [Britain, obscenity] | bollocks up [Britain, obscenity] | bollox [Britain, obscenity] | bugger up [Britain, obscenity] | foozle [slang] | fuck [obscenity] | fuck up [obscenity]

Etymology:

[noun] "warm covering for the hands", from Dutch mof "a muff", ... | [verb] "to...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of muff...

Definition references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

botch [transitive, informal] | botched [past tense] | botching [present participle] | botches [3rd-person singular present] | botch up

to do something very badly or carelessly (7 of 54 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/botch

Wiktionary:

botch up [transitive] | botched up [past tense] | botching up [present participle] | botches up [3rd-person singular present]

To ruin, mess up. (4 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/botch up

Cambridge Dictionary:

botch [entry 1] | bodge [British] | bodge up [British]

to spoil something by doing it badly (7 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/botch 1

Random House Dictionary:

ball | Ball | Ball, George [sense-specific] | George Wildman Ball [sense-specific] | George W Ball [sense-specific] | Ball, George Wildman [sense-specific] | George Ball [sense-specific] | Ball, George W [sense-specific] | John Ball [sense-specific] | ...

a spherical or approximately spherical body or shape; sphere. | a round or roundish body, of various sizes and materials, either hollow or solid, for ... (24 of 580 words, 31 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ball

American Heritage Dictionary:

ball | balled [past tense] | balling [present participle] | balls [3rd-person singular present] | Ball | John Ball | Lucille Ball | ball up

A spherical object or entity | A spherical or almost spherical body | [sports] ; Any of various rounded, movable objects used in various athletic ... (23 of 270 words, 21 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ball

Merriam-Webster:

ball up | confuse [synonym, sense-specific] | muddle [synonym, sense-specific]

to make a mess of; "confuse", "muddle" | to become badly muddled or confused (13 of 32 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ball up

Collins Dictionary:

foul up | mismanage [synonym, sense-specific] | contaminate [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] to bungle; mismanage | [transitive] to make dirty; contaminate | to be or cause to be blocked, choked, or entangled | a state of ... (22 of 386 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foul-up

Oxford Dictionary:

foul | own | foul up | foul with | foul oneself | foul one's nest | foul something up | polluted [synonym, sense-specific] | pollute [synonym, sense-specific]

offensive to the senses, especially through having a disgusting smell or taste or being dirty | [informal] : very disagreeable or unpleasant | wicked ... (22 of 382 words, 22 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/foul

Wikipedia:

Bollocks

" is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning "testicles". The word is often used figuratively in British English and Hiberno-English, as a noun to mean "nonsense", an expletive following a minor accident or misfortune, or an adjective to mean "poor... (40 of 4094 words, pronunciation)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Bollocks

New World Dictionary:

bollocks

testicles | [slang] nonsense | [vulgar, slang] nonsense: sometimes also used to express anger, annoyance, etc. (14 of 23 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bollocks

Britannica Encyclopedia:

muff [clothing]

in wearing apparel, usually cylindrical covering of fur, fabric, feathers, or other soft material, with open ends into which the hands are placed to ... (24 of 97 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/396076​/muff

Encarta Dictionary:

ball up [slang] | balled up [past tense] | balling up [present participle] | balls up [3rd-person singular present]

to make a complete mess of something by mistake or through lack of skill (14 of 45 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861685802​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

muff

First use: 1590s

Origin: [noun] "warm covering for the hands", from Dutch mof "a muff", ... | [verb] "to bungle", 1827, pugilism slang, related to muff (Noun) ... (23 of 92 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=muff

American Heritage Dictionary:

muff | muffed [past tense] | muffing [present participle] | muffs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: unknown | Dutch mof, from Middle Dutch moffel, from Old French mofle, mitten, from Medieval Latin muffula, perhaps of Germanic origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/muff

Collins Dictionary:

muff

First use: 16th century | 19th century

Origin: probably from Dutch mof, ultimately from French mouffle muffle1 | of uncertain origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/muff

Wiktionary:

muff | muffs [plural] | muffed [past tense] | muffing [present participle]

Origin: Probably from Dutch mof ("muff, mitten"). | Origin unknown; perhaps a specialised use of Etymology 1, above.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/muff

New World Dictionary:

muff

Origin: Dutch mof from Wal moufe, shortened from French moufle, a mitten from Medieval Latin muffla, glove

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/muff

Oxford Dictionary:

muff [entry 1]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Dutch mof, Middle Dutch muffel, from medieval Latin muffula, of unknown ultimate origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/muff

muff [entry 2]

First use: early 19th century

Origin: unknown

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/muff--2

Merriam-Webster:

muff [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1599

Origin: Dutch mof, from Middle French moufle mitten, from Medieval Latin muffula

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/muff

muff [entry 2, verb]

First use: 1846

Origin: probably from muff

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/muff show=1

Encarta Dictionary:

muff [entry 2] | muffs [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Dutch mof, shortening of Middle Dutch moffel from medieval Latin muffula "glove"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631730​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

muff

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "muff"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/muff

Macmillan American Dictionary:

muff [transitive, informal, verb] | muffed [past tense] | muffing [present participle] | muffs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "muff"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/muff

muff [countable, noun] | muffs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "muff"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/muff 6

Macmillan British Dictionary:

muff [countable, noun] | muffs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "muff"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/muff 5

muff [transitive, informal] | muffed [past tense] | muffing [present participle] | muffs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "muff"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/muff

Cambridge Dictionary:

muff [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "muff"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "muff"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/muff 1

the Free Dictionary:

muff

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "muff"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "muff"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "muff" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/muff

Google Dictionary:

muff | muffs [plural] | muffed [past tense] | muffing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "muff"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=muff

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

muff

Audio: North American pronunciation of "muff"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=muff​0001 word=muff

YourDictionary Audio:

muff

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "muff" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/muff

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