Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clump or tuft of grass.
  • n. A low seat, such as a stool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clump of grass or similar vegetation.
  • n. A large cushion which may have an internal frame, used as a low seat or stool.
  • n. An inflatable cushion serving as landing area for precision accuracy parachuting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person

Etymologies

Alteration of tuft.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Suppose you had to go sit on a tuffet;
    If unsure, do you think you could bluff it?
    Well you could just find some grass
    Plonk down your sad ass
    Tell Miss Muffet and her tuffet to stuff it.

    August 19, 2013

  • Oh that's interesting, the OED thinks the "hassock or footstool" meaning is dubious and may come from misinterpretation of the nursery rime (as it calls it), which might actually refer to a tuffet = tuft = grassy knoll, hillock.

    June 10, 2009

  • * Earwitness reports suggested a shot may have been fired from the grassy tuffet.

    Nup, does not compute.

    June 10, 2009

  • Huh? I'd always heard that a tuffet was a small, grassy hill.

    June 10, 2009


  • This curious error completed her terror;
    She shuddered, and growing much paler, not
    Only left tuffet, but dealt him a buffet
    Which doubled him up in a sailor knot.
    It should be explained that at this he was pained:
    He cried: 'I have vexed you, no doubt of it!
    Your fist's like a truncheon.' 'You're still in my luncheon,'
    Was all that she answered. 'Get out of it!'

    - Guy Carryl, 'The Embarrassing Episode Of Little Miss Muffet'.

    December 5, 2008

  • That upon which Little Miss Muppet sat, eating her curds and whey.

    June 27, 2007