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[tawft, toft] /tɔft, tɒft/
noun, British Dialect.
the site of a house and outbuildings.
a house site and its adjoining arable land.
Origin of toft
late Old English
before 1050; Middle English, late Old English < ? Unabridged
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  • The wather sayde: yf ye lyst to seke me, ye shall be sure to haue me under a toft of grene rushes or elles in a womans eye.

  • Proceeding to the tenantry, the first in order happened to be Farmer toft.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • But toft was the only person who saw the likeness; or, at any rate, who confessed to seeing it.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • On the following evening Mr. toft made his way to the Blue Lion.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • The chief artillery position is at toft Monks—the highest point.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
  • "It's a very extraordinary idea," said Mr. toft incredulously.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • Probably the most effective use of slip is seen in the old tygs and dishes of toft and others of his time.

  • "Hear it rattle," and he shook the envelope in Mr. toft's ear.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • Where there is an evident reference to the "tour on a toft," which has been previously mentioned in the more correct text.

  • But Mr. toft was less demonstrative than might have been expected.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
British Dictionary definitions for toft


noun (Brit, history)
a homestead
an entire holding, consisting of a homestead and the attached arable land
Word Origin
Old English, from Old Norse topt
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