[ tuhf-ting ]
/ ˈtʌf tɪŋ /
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Definition for tufting (2 of 2)
[ tuhft ]
/ tʌft /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM tufttuft·er, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for tufting
As with silks, brocaded in different colours, therefore never use chintz where a chair or sofa calls for tufting.The Art of Interior Decoration|Grace Wood
British Dictionary definitions for tufting
/ (tʌft) /
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 forms of tufttufter, nountufty, adjective
Word Origin for tuft
C14: perhaps from Old French tufe, of Germanic origin; compare top 1
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