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toft

[tawft, toft]
noun British Dialect.
  1. the site of a house and outbuildings.
  2. a house site and its adjoining arable land.
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Origin of toft

before 1050; Middle English, late Old English < ?
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Examples from the Web for toft

Historical Examples

  • Proceeding to the tenantry, the first in order happened to be Farmer Toft.

    Rookwood

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • Mr. Toft stared at the letter with much disgust and more alarm.

    The Burglars' Club

    Henry A. Hering

  • On the following evening Mr. Toft made his way to the Blue Lion.

    The Burglars' Club

    Henry A. Hering

  • Mr. Toft paled at this catalogue of his business achievements.

    The Burglars' Club

    Henry A. Hering

  • "By honest competition in the open market," replied Mr. Toft loftily.

    The Burglars' Club

    Henry A. Hering


British Dictionary definitions for toft

toft

noun British history
  1. a homestead
  2. an entire holding, consisting of a homestead and the attached arable land
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Word Origin

Old English, from Old Norse topt
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