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tuffet

[tuhf-it]
noun
  1. a low stool; footstool.
  2. Dialect. tuft.
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Origin of tuffet

First recorded in 1550–55
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Examples from the Web for tuffet

Historical Examples

  • Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating of curds and whey.

    Dramatized Rhythm Plays

    John N. Richards

  • Suppose you sit on that tuffet and eat it while I walk the baby about.

    The Cat and Fiddle Book

    Lady Florence Bell

  • Yes, it's called a tuffet because that's where people sit to eat curds and whey.

    The Cat and Fiddle Book

    Lady Florence Bell

  • They assure me that the most complete and satisfactory definition is,—a tuffet is the kind of thing that Miss Muffet sat on.

    Miss Muffet's Christmas Party

    Samuel McChord Crothers

  • "Let's change the subject, Miss," said the spider, moving toward the further side of the tuffet.

    Miss Muffet's Christmas Party

    Samuel McChord Crothers


British Dictionary definitions for tuffet

tuffet

noun
  1. a small mound or low seat
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Word Origin

C16: alteration of tuft
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Word Origin and History for tuffet

n.

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]
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