Definition of tuft hunter in English:

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tuft hunter


A sycophantic or obsequious person.
Example sentences
  • There are, it is true, toadies and tuft hunters among boys as among men.
  • It branded him 'profligate', 'underbred', a 'modern tuft hunter', and 'as completely a Plebeian in his mind as he is in his rank and station in society'.
  • Indeed, he had been reproached by his more bohemian brothers of the brush for being something of a tuft hunter - most unjustly.


Mid 18th century: originally used with reference to the ‘tufts’ or gold tassels formerly worn by titled Oxbridge undergraduates.

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