Origin of tofffrom toft, variant, variety of tuft, slang term for “titled undergraduate,” in reference to gold tassel on the caps of aristocratic students
nounChiefly British Slang
Origin of toffProbably variant of tuft a gold tassel worn by titled students at Oxford and Cambridge
- (UK) A person of the upper class- or high-class-pretence who usually communicates an air of superiority.
Commonly used in the UK with a negative connotation.