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[tof] /tɒf/
noun, British Informal.
1.
a stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; perhaps variant of tuft
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toff

/tɒf/
noun
1.
(Brit, slang) a rich, well-dressed, or upper-class person, esp a man
Word Origin
C19: perhaps variant of tuft, nickname for a titled student at Oxford University, wearing a cap with a gold tassel
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Word Origin and History for toffs'

toff

n.

lower-class British slang for "stylish dresser, member of the smart set," 1851, said to be probably an alteration of tuft, formerly an Oxford University term for a nobleman or gentleman-commoner (1755), in reference 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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