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

Origin of toff

First recorded in 1850–55; perhaps variant of tuft

Words Nearby toff Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use toff in a sentence

  • You see, me gone, there's nothing to 'amper 'er—nothing to interfere with 'er settling down as a quiet, respectable toff.

    The Observations of Henry | Jerome K. Jerome
  • He was a waiter, like myself—not a bad sort of chap, though a bit of a toff in his off-hours.

    The Observations of Henry | Jerome K. Jerome
  • I ain't such a juggins as to go agen a toff as makes it worf while to do as I'm bid an' 'old me tongue.

    A Thief in the Night | E. W. Hornung
  • W'y wouldn't yer go with the toff and pl'y in ther big horchestra?

    The Old Flute-Player | Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • The toff who had bought him a drink after the fight and patted him on the shoulder had used those words.

British Dictionary definitions for toff


/ (tɒf) /

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

Origin of 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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