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tuffet

[tuhf-it] /ˈtʌf ɪt/
noun
1.
a low stool; footstool.
2.
Dialect, tuft.
Origin
1550-1555
1550-55
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British Dictionary definitions for tuffet

tuffet

/ˈtʌfɪt/
noun
1.
a small mound or low seat
Word Origin
C16: alteration of tuft
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Word Origin and History for tuffet
n.

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]

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