tuft definition by Webster's New World
- a bunch of hairs, feathers, grass, etc. growing closely together or attached at the base
- any similar cluster; specif.,
- a clump of plants or trees
- the fluffy ball forming the end of any of the clusters of threads drawn tightly through a mattress, quilt, etc. to hold the padding in place
- a decorative button to which such a tuft is fastened
Origin: Middle English (with unhistoric -t) ; from Old French tufe, probably ; from Classical Latin tufa, a kind of helmet crest
- to provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts
- to secure the padding of (a quilt, mattress, etc.) by regularly spaced tufts
tuft definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A short cluster of elongated strands, as of yarn, hair, or grass, attached at the base or growing close together.
- A dense clump, especially of trees or bushes.
- To furnish or ornament with tufts or a tuft.
- To pass threads through the layers of (a quilt, mattress, or upholstery), securing the thread ends with a knot or button.
- To separate or form into tufts.
- To grow in a tuft.
Origin: Middle English, probably alteration of Old French tofe, from Late Latin tufa, helmet crest, or of Germanic origin.
- tuftˈer noun
- tuftˈy adjective