Suppose you sit on that tuffet and eat it while I walk the baby about.
They assure me that the most complete and satisfactory definition is,—a tuffet is the kind of thing that Miss Muffet sat on.
I sat on a tuffet, eating some curds and whey; but there came a big spider, and I was frightened away.
"Let's change the subject, Miss," said the spider, moving toward the further side of the tuffet.
Yes, it's called a tuffet because that's where people sit to eat curds and whey.
Miss Muffet fairly jumped off her tuffet, for she had never had a party in her life.
So little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey, just as she ought to have done.
So she got the tuffet for little Miss Muffet; a tuffet being a sort of baby footstool.
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating of curds and whey.
And after they had gone for many miles, they came across Little Miss Muffet who sat on a tuffet.
1550s, "little tuft," from Old French touffel (with exchange of diminutive suffix -et for French -el), diminutive of touffe (see tuft). Obsolete except in the nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet" (1843), where it has been felt to mean "hassock, footstool."
LITTLE Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
And made of her knees such display
That the old fashioned spider,
Embarrassed beside her,
Was actually frightened away!
[Life Oct. 1, 1927]