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1A tuft or clump of something.‘grass tuffets’
clump, bunch, knot, cluster, tussockView synonyms
- ‘Have you been gambolling on the hillsides, skipping over bluebells and snowdrops whilst hiding eggs under tuffets of grass, listening to the call of new-born chicks?’
- ‘Our cat, Mick, has what we lovingly refer to as "tuffets of hair".’
2A footstool or low seat.
- ‘By the way, a tuffet is a low stool, which she could sit on while milking the cow whose milk made the whey.’
- ‘Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey.’
- ‘They had to make do with kitchen tuffets, orange boxes, a piano stool and a rocking chair borrowed from next door.’
Mid 16th century: alteration of tuft.
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