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[tawft, toft] /tɔft, tɒft/
noun, British Dialect.
the site of a house and outbuildings.
a house site and its adjoining arable land.
Origin of toft
late Old English
before 1050; Middle English, late Old English < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Proceeding to the tenantry, the first in order happened to be Farmer toft.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Mr. toft stared at the letter with much disgust and more alarm.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • On the following evening Mr. toft made his way to the Blue Lion.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • Mr. toft paled at this catalogue of his business achievements.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • "By honest competition in the open market," replied Mr. toft loftily.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • "It's a very extraordinary idea," said Mr. toft incredulously.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • "Hear it rattle," and he shook the envelope in Mr. toft's ear.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • But Mr. toft was less demonstrative than might have been expected.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • toft's and other slip ware was contemporary with delft as a native art.

    Chats on Old Earthenware Arthur Hayden
  • The chief artillery position is at toft Monks—the highest point.

    The Invasion

    William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for toft


noun (Brit, history)
a homestead
an entire holding, consisting of a homestead and the attached arable land
Word Origin
Old English, from Old Norse topt
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