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From Old French touffel, diminutive of touffe (tuft).


tuffet (plural tuffets)

  1. A clump of grass or similar vegetation; a small grass-covered mound.
    Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey.
    • 1805, Songs for the Nursery, page 23:
      Little Miss Muffet, She sat on a tuffet, Eating of curds and whey; There came a little spider, Who sat down beside her, And frighted Miss Muffet away.
  2. (furniture) A large cushion which may have an internal frame, used as a low seat or stool.
  3. An inflatable cushion serving as landing area for precision accuracy parachuting.


See also[edit]

(stool): footstool, pouffe, hassock, ottoman, tumpty