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1tuft

noun \ˈtəft\

: a small bunch of feathers, hairs, grass, etc., that grow close together

Full Definition of TUFT

1
a :  a small cluster of elongated flexible outgrowths attached or close together at the base and free at the opposite ends; especially :  a growing bunch of grasses or close-set plants
b :  a bunch of soft fluffy threads cut off short and used as ornament
2
:  clump, cluster
3
:  mound
4
:  any of the projections of yarns drawn through a fabric or making up a fabric so as to produce a surface of raised loops or cut pile
tuft·ed \ˈtəf-təd\ adjective
tufty \ˈtəf-tē\ adjective

Examples of TUFT

  1. A tuft of hair stuck out from under his hat.

Origin of TUFT

Middle English, modification of Middle French touffe, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zopf tip — more at top
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with TUFT

2tuft

verb

Definition of TUFT

transitive verb
1
a :  to provide or adorn with a tuft
b :  to make (a fabric) of or with tufts
2
:  to make (as a mattress) firm by stitching at intervals and sewing on tufts
intransitive verb
:  to form into or grow in tufts
tuft·er noun

First Known Use of TUFT

1535

tuft

noun \ˈtəft\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TUFT

1
:  a small cluster of elongated flexible outgrowths or parts attached or close together at the base and free at the opposite ends; especially :  a small bunch of hairs on the body
2
:  a branching anatomical structure that resembles a tuft

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