toff

toff

[tof]
noun British Informal.
a stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class.

Origin:
1850–55; perhaps variant of tuft

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toff (tɒf)
 
n
slang (Brit) a rich, well-dressed, or upper-class person, esp a man
 
[C19: perhaps variant of tuft, nickname for a titled student at Oxford University, wearing a cap with a gold tassel]

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toff
lower-class British slang for "stylish dresser, member of the smart set," 1851, probably an alteration of tuft, formerly an Oxford Univ. term for a nobleman or gentleman-commoner (1755), in ref. to the gold ornamental tassel worn on the caps of undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge whose fathers were
peers with votes in the House of Lords.
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