toft

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse 'topt', from Proto-Indo-European *dmpedom "floor", a compound of *dem- "to build" and *ped- "foot".

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Noun[edit]

toft (plural tofts)

  1. A homestead, especially one on a hill.
    • 1840, George Poulson, The History and Antiquities of the Seigniory of Holderness[1], volume 1, page 479:
      Rendering therefore annually to me and my heirs one halfpenny on the day of the nativity of St. John the Baptist for all suits services and demands and I the said Alice and my heirs the aforesaid toft and land with all their appurtenances as is before named to the said William and his heirs [] .
    • 2003, C. S. Knighton (editor), Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous (Chancery): Preserved in the Public Record Office, Volume VIII: 1422—1485, page 73,
      Wynnemerus Preston lately held 2 cottages wasted of which the tofts are worth 2d. net yearly and another cottage wasted of which the toft is worth 6d. net yearly.
    • 2013, M. J. Hebditch (editor), Yorkshire Deeds[2], volume 9, page 34:
      [] the lands of Peter de Sourdeuall in Esk, Brandesburton and Routh [] namely, half the capital messuage with the enclosure (ofuenam) as it is bounded and fenced, and a bovate of land which belonged to John, son of Emmot, and a toft which Henry, son of Walter, held, and a toft which Roger the carpenter (le carpentre) held, [] .