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noun British Informal.
  1. a stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class.
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Origin of toff

First recorded in 1850–55; perhaps variant of tuft
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Historical Examples of toff

  • By now the mews had wakened to the fact of the presence of a "toff" in its midst.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • I'm a poor man; I've got no money an' no friends—he 's a toff—he can do wot I can't.

  • The letter was from some toff, 'cause it come from Menzie's Hotel.

  • It must be held that the Marquis was justified in getting rid of Mrs. Toff.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • Toff, I don't believe you wanted to see your master's son and heir!

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for toff


  1. British slang a rich, well-dressed, or upper-class person, esp a man
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Word Origin for toff

C19: perhaps variant of tuft, nickname for a titled student at Oxford University, wearing a cap with a gold tassel
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Word Origin and History for toff


lower-class British slang for "stylish dresser, member of the smart set," 1851, said to be probably an alteration of tuft, formerly an Oxford University term for a nobleman or gentleman-commoner (1755), in reference to the gold ornamental tassel worn on the caps of undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge whose fathers were peers with votes in the House of Lords.

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