1600–10; tuft + -ed3

untufted, adjective
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a bunch or cluster of small, usually soft and flexible parts, as feathers or hairs, attached or fixed closely together at the base and loose at the upper ends.
a cluster of short, fluffy threads, used to decorate cloth, as for a bedspread, robe, bath mat, or window curtain.
a cluster of cut threads, used as a decorative finish attached to the tying or holding threads of mattresses, quilts, upholstery, etc.
a covered or finished button designed for similar use.
a cluster of short-stalked flowers, leaves, etc., growing from a common point.
a small clump of bushes, trees, etc.
a gold tassel on the cap formerly worn at English universities by titled undergraduates.
a titled undergraduateat an English university.
verb (used with object)
to furnish or decorate with a tuft or tufts.
to arrange in a tuft or tufts.
Upholstery. to draw together (a cushion or the like) by passing a thread through at regular intervals, the depressions thus produced being usually ornamented with tufts or buttons.
verb (used without object)
to form into or grow in a tuft or tufts.

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of toft(e) < Middle French tofe, toffe < ?; E parasitic t as in graft1

tufter, noun
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tuft (tʌft)
1.  a bunch of feathers, grass, hair, etc, held together at the base
2.  a cluster of threads drawn tightly through upholstery, a mattress, a quilt, etc, to secure and strengthen the padding
3.  a small clump of trees or bushes
4.  (formerly) a gold tassel on the cap worn by titled undergraduates at English universities
5.  a person entitled to wear such a tassel
6.  (tr) to provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts
7.  to form or be formed into tufts
8.  to secure and strengthen (a mattress, quilt, etc) with tufts
[C14: perhaps from Old French tufe, of Germanic origin; compare top1]

tufted (ˈtʌftɪd)
1.  having a tuft or tufts
2.  (of plants or plant parts) having or consisting of one or more groups of short branches all arising at the same level

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., perhaps from O.Fr. touffe "tuft of hair," either from L.L. tufa "a kind of crest on a helmet" (also found in Late Gk. toupha), or from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. zopf, O.N. toppr "tuft, summit," see top (1)).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
transuterine fallopian transfer
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Example sentences
They show many traits of wildcat-ness: large size, tips and tufts in their ears, tufted paws.
These tufts will not trigger metal detectors, or give a false reading when scanned and are visible on our outer tufted mattresses.
Inner tufted mattresses are also available and recommended for more sanitary concerns.
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