- a low stool; footstool.
- Dialect. tuft.
Origin of tuffet
Examples from the Web for tuffet
Historical Examples of tuffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating of curds and whey.Dramatized Rhythm Plays
John N. Richards
Yes, it's called a tuffet because that's where people sit to eat curds and whey.
Suppose you sit on that tuffet and eat it while I walk the baby about.
They assure me that the most complete and satisfactory definition is,—a tuffet is the kind of thing that Miss Muffet sat on.
"Let's change the subject, Miss," said the spider, moving toward the further side of the tuffet.
- a small mound or low seat
Word Origin for tuffet
1550s, "little tuft," from Old French touffel (with exchange of diminutive suffix -et for French -el), diminutive of touffe (see tuft). Obsolete except in the nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet" (1843), where it has been felt to mean "hassock, footstool."
LITTLE Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
And made of her knees such display
That the old fashioned spider,
Embarrassed beside her,
Was actually frightened away!
[Life Oct. 1, 1927]