furnished or decorated with tufts.
formed into or growing in a tuft or tufts.

Origin of tufted

First recorded in 1600–10; tuft + -ed3
Related formsun·tuft·ed, adjective




a bunch or cluster of small, usually soft and flexible parts, as feathers or hairs, attached or fixed closely together at the base and loose at the upper ends.
a cluster of short, fluffy threads, used to decorate cloth, as for a bedspread, robe, bath mat, or window curtain.
a cluster of cut threads, used as a decorative finish attached to the tying or holding threads of mattresses, quilts, upholstery, etc.
a covered or finished button designed for similar use.
a cluster of short-stalked flowers, leaves, etc., growing from a common point.
a small clump of bushes, trees, etc.
a gold tassel on the cap formerly worn at English universities by titled undergraduates.
a titled undergraduateat an English university.

verb (used with object)

to furnish or decorate with a tuft or tufts.
to arrange in a tuft or tufts.
Upholstery. to draw together (a cushion or the like) by passing a thread through at regular intervals, the depressions thus produced being usually ornamented with tufts or buttons.

verb (used without object)

to form into or grow in a tuft or tufts.

Origin of tuft

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of toft(e) < Middle French tofe, toffe < ?; E parasitic t as in graft1
Related formstuft·er, noun
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Related Words for tufted

wispy, cespitose, comose, feathered

Examples from the Web for tufted

Contemporary Examples of tufted

Historical Examples of tufted

  • Carefully they explored the bushes, and surveyed each clump of tufted trees.


    William Godwin

  • There is a fire of autumn colour in the tufted woods that embosom Fernilea.

    Angling Sketches

    Andrew Lang

  • Sometimes she thought she was picking berries on the tufted coverlet.

    Little Prudy

    Sophie May

  • The tip of its tail is tufted with black hair, which is rather long and bushy.

  • Aunt Charlotte finished them off at the wrists with a tufted border.

British Dictionary definitions for tufted



having a tuft or tufts
(of plants or plant parts) having or consisting of one or more groups of short branches all arising at the same level



a bunch of feathers, grass, hair, etc, held together at the base
a cluster of threads drawn tightly through upholstery, a mattress, a quilt, etc, to secure and strengthen the padding
a small clump of trees or bushes
(formerly) a gold tassel on the cap worn by titled undergraduates at English universities
a person entitled to wear such a tassel


(tr) to provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts
to form or be formed into tufts
to secure and strengthen (a mattress, quilt, etc) with tufts
Derived Formstufter, nountufty, adjective

Word Origin for tuft

C14: perhaps from Old French tufe, of Germanic origin; compare top 1
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Word Origin and History for tufted



late 14c., perhaps from Old French touffe "tuft of hair," either from Late Latin tufa "a kind of crest on a helmet" (also found in Late Greek toupha), or from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German zopf, Old Norse toppr "tuft, summit;" see top (n.1)).

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