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[ tuhf-it ]
/ ˈtʌf ɪt /


a low stool; footstool.
Dialect. tuft.

Nearby words

tuf, tufa, tufaceous, tuff, tuffaceous, tuffet, tuffstone body, tuft, tufted, tufted cell, tufted deer

Origin of tuffet

First recorded in 1550–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tuffet


/ (ˈtʌfɪt) /


a small mound or low seat

Word Origin for tuffet

C16: alteration of tuft
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Word Origin and History 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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper