[ tuhf-ting ]
/ ˈtʌf tɪŋ /
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
Related formstuft·er, noun
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Examples 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 Formstufter, nountufty, adjective
Word Origin for tuft
C14: perhaps from Old French tufe, of Germanic origin; compare top 1
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