When did the word “stuff” come to be used as casually as it is used today? I’m looking for an historical date for the sense meaning possessions.
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Early to mid 15th century?
Property, esp. movable property, household goods or utensils; furniture;
111 Item to my wyf, all my stuff beyng at the Fasterne (1438)
A grete red standerd full of stuff, locked with 2 lockes. (1464)
The Oxford English Dictionary
According to Etymonline, we have "matter of an unspecified kind" (1570s), which, I think, fits the "Have you seen my stuff?" sense of the word as meaning "possessions".