[ tuhf-ting ]
/ ˈtʌf tɪŋ /


the act or process of making tufts.
tufts collectively, especially as decoration.

Origin of tufting

First recorded in 1545–55; tuft + -ing1

Definition for tufting (2 of 2)


[ tuhft ]
/ tʌft /


verb (used with object)

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 forms

tuft·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.

British Dictionary definitions for tufting


/ (tʌft) /



Derived Forms

tufter, nountufty, adjective

Word Origin for tuft

C14: perhaps from Old French tufe, of Germanic origin; compare top 1
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