- a stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class.
Origin of toff
Examples from the Web for toff
The Daily Pic: In 1782, Joshua Reynolds gave equal attention to a toff and his mount.A Horse and His Gent
October 3, 2013
Toff, (slang) n: a person of the upper classes; a swell, dandy; a good sort.
In other word, he is a toff among toffs—proving, perhaps, that while Cameron may one day go, the toffs might be here to stay.
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 Silver Box (First Series Plays)
The letter was from some toff, 'cause it come from Menzie's Hotel.Australia Revenged
Toff, I don't believe you wanted to see your master's son and heir!
It must be held that the Marquis was justified in getting rid of Mrs. Toff.
- British slang a rich, well-dressed, or upper-class person, esp a man
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.