- 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 of tuft
- Middle English probably alteration of Old French tofe from Late Latin tufa helmet crest or of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English toft(e), from Middle French tofe, toffe 'tuft', from Late Latin (near Vegezio) tufa 'helmet crest', from Germanic (compare Old English Ã°Å«f 'tuft', Old Norse Ã¾Ãºfa 'mound', Swedish tuva 'tussock, grassy hillock'), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾Å«bÇ, *Ã¾Å«baz; akin to Latin tÅ«ber 'hump, swelling', Ancient Greek typhÄ“ 'cattail (used to stuff beds)'.