tuffet

tuffet

[tuhf-it]
noun
1.
a low stool; footstool.
2.
Dialect, tuft.

Origin:
1550–55

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tuffet (ˈtʌfɪt)
 
n
a small mound or low seat
 
[C16: alteration of tuft]

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tuffet
1553, "little tuft," from O.Fr. touffel (with exchange of dim. suffix -et for Fr. -el), dim. of touffe (see tuft). Obsolete except in the nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet" (19c.), where it has been felt to mean "hassock, footstool."
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