toff

[ tof ]
/ tɒf /

noun British Informal.

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
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toff

/ (tɒf) /

noun

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

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

toff


n.

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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