Definition of tuft in English:
- Jake collapsed into a heap in the grass under the willow and started bawling, grabbing a few tufts of crinkly brown grass and tearing them out by the roots.
- At fifty-nine, he was mostly bald, though a few white tufts of hair grew right behind his ears.
- He had fluffy tufts of black hair and an infectious smile.
- A 19-year-old, healthy man visited a plastic surgeon because of a cutaneous nodule on the distal tuft of his left index finger.
- Polymorphonuclear leukocyte infiltrates were present in the glomerular tufts, and many glomeruli displayed segmental necrosis.
- The glomerular tufts were shrunken or necrotic and renal medullary rays were congested.
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- Despite the obvious problems, the company has been preparing for growth and total employee numbers increased by 26 to 794 last year, mainly at the spinning and tufting factories.
- After establishing his home town as an international leader in carpet tufting machinery, he hit on the idea for his ‘wonder net’ after watching potatoes being mashed.
- Well-known for its patterned Axminster carpets, the company's new range of plain coloured woven and tufted carpets gained an ‘outstanding reaction’ from the trade, according to a spokesman.
- Furniture makers noticed that tufted upholstery furthered the chair owner's sense of luxury.
- To evoke the enfilade, two long galleries were divided into rows of rooms, the doors between them fixed open, their interiors cosseted by paneled wainscoting, velvet walls and tufted furniture.
- This cylindrical, tufted pillow would fit in perfectly with a formal living room with heavy drapes, deep sofas, and perhaps a Bichon Frise curled up on the ottoman.
toff from mid 19th century:
This is perhaps an alteration of tuft, once a term for titled undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge, who wore a gold tassel on their caps—social climbers and toadies were called tuft-hunters from the mid 18th century. The associations of the word may have influenced toffee-nosed or ‘snobbish’, which was originally military slang. Toffee seems to have been a desirable commodity to soldiers during the First World War— not be able to do something for toffee, or be totally incompetent at it, is first recorded in 1914 in the mouth of a British ‘Tommy’. Toffee (early 19th century) is an alteration of taffy (early 19th century), now mainly used in North America for a sweet resembling toffee. The Taffy that is a name for a Welshman is quite different, representing a supposed Welsh pronunciation of the name David or Dafydd.
Words that rhyme with tuftunstuffed
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