[krawft, kroft]

noun British.

a small farm, especially one worked by a tenant.
a small plot of ground adjacent to a house and used as a kitchen garden, to pasture one or two cows, etc.; a garden large enough to feed a family or have commercial value.

Nearby words

  1. crocoite,
  2. crocosmia,
  3. crocus,
  4. crocus sack,
  5. croesus,
  6. crofter,
  7. crofting,
  8. crog,
  9. croggy,
  10. crohn's disease

Origin of croft

before 1000; Middle English, Old English: small field


[krawft, kroft]


a small, portable filing cabinet of table height, having drop leaves for use as a table.

Origin of croft

named after the Rev. Sir Herbert Croft (1757–1816), lexicologist, its inventor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for croft


noun British

a small enclosed plot of land, adjoining a house, worked by the occupier and his family, esp in Scotland
Lancashire dialect a patch of wasteland, formerly one used for bleaching fabric in the sun

Word Origin for croft

Old English croft; related to Middle Dutch krocht hill, field, Old English creopan to creep

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Word Origin and History for croft



Old English croft "enclosed field, small field," of unknown etymology. Crofter is 1799, originally Scottish.

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