ˈtȯft How to pronounce toft (audio)
: a site for a dwelling and its outbuildings
also : an entire holding comprising a homestead and additional land

Examples of toft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Laxton had two, the Town Moor Common and the much larger Westwood Common, which together supported a hundred and four rights to common use, with each of these rights attached to a cottage or a toft of land in the village. Eula Biss, The New Yorker, 8 June 2022

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English, from Old Norse topt; probably akin to Greek dapedon floor, demein to build, pedon ground — more at timber, ped

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toft was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Toft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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