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[tuhf-it] /ˈtʌf ɪt/
a low stool; footstool.
Dialect. tuft.
Origin of tuffet
1550-55 Unabridged
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  • Suppose you sit on that tuffet and eat it while I walk the baby about.

    The Cat and Fiddle Book Lady Florence Bell
  • Miss Muffet fairly jumped off her tuffet, for she had never had a party in her life.

    Miss Muffet's Christmas Party Samuel McChord Crothers
  • I sat on a tuffet, eating some curds and whey; but there came a big spider, and I was frightened away.

    Christmas Entertainments Alice Maude Kellogg
  • They assure me that the most complete and satisfactory definition is,—a tuffet is the kind of thing that Miss Muffet sat on.

    Miss Muffet's Christmas Party Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Yes, it's called a tuffet because that's where people sit to eat curds and whey.

    The Cat and Fiddle Book Lady Florence Bell
  • "Let's change the subject, Miss," said the spider, moving toward the further side of the tuffet.

    Miss Muffet's Christmas Party Samuel McChord Crothers
  • So little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey, just as she ought to have done.

  • So she got the tuffet for little Miss Muffet; a tuffet being a sort of baby footstool.

  • Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating of curds and whey.

    Dramatized Rhythm Plays John N. Richards
  • And after they had gone for many miles, they came across Little Miss Muffet who sat on a tuffet.

    The Jumble Book David Cory
British Dictionary definitions for tuffet


a small mound or low seat
Word Origin
C16: alteration of tuft
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tuffet

1550s, "little tuft," from Old French touffel (with exchange of diminutive suffix -et for French -el), diminutive of touffe (see tuft). Obsolete except in the nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet" (1843), where it has been felt to mean "hassock, footstool."

LITTLE Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
And made of her knees such display
That the old fashioned spider,
Embarrassed beside her,
Was actually frightened away!

[Life Oct. 1, 1927]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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