Definition of muff verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

muff

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//mʌf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mʌf//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they muff
BrE BrE//mʌf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mʌf//
 
he / she / it muffs
BrE BrE//mʌfs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mʌfs//
 
past simple muffed
BrE BrE//mʌft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mʌft//
 
past participle muffed
BrE BrE//mʌft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mʌft//
 
-ing form muffing
BrE BrE//ˈmʌfɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌfɪŋ//
 
 
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muff something (informal, disapproving) to miss an opportunity to do something well He muffed his lines (= he forgot them or said them wrongly). It was a really simple shot, and I muffed it. Word Originverb early 19th cent.: of unknown origin.
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