croft

croft

1 [krawft, kroft]
noun British.
1.
a small farm, especially one worked by a tenant.
2.
a small plot of ground adjacent to a house and used as a kitchen garden, to pasture one or two cows, etc.; a garden large enough to feed a family or have commercial value.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English: small field

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croft

2 [krawft, kroft]
noun
a small, portable filing cabinet of table height, having drop leaves for use as a table.

Origin:
named after the Rev. Sir Herbert Croft (1757–1816), lexicologist, its inventor

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croft (krɒft)
 
n
1.  a small enclosed plot of land, adjoining a house, worked by the occupier and his family, esp in Scotland
2.  dialect (Lancashire) a patch of wasteland, formerly one used for bleaching fabric in the sun
 
[Old English croft; related to Middle Dutch krocht hill, field, Old English creopan to creep]

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croft
O.E. croft "enclosed field," of unknown etymology. Crofter is 1799, originally Scottish.
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