Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hanger-on to noblemen or persons of quality, especially in English universities; a toady.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hanger-on to noblemen, or persons of quality, especially in English universities; a toady. See 1st tuft, 3.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who seeks or covets the society of titled persons; one who courts the acquaintance of celebrities at any sacrifice of personal dignity; a toady; a sycophant.

Etymologies

tuft +‎ hunter (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A tufthunter is a snob, a parasite is a snob, the man who allows the manhood within him to be awed by a coronet is a snob.

    Thackeray

  • Randal had hitherto supposed that this notorious tufthunter, this dandy capitalist, this money-lender, whose whole fortune had been wrung from the wants and follies of an aristocracy, was naturally a firm supporter of things as they are -- how could things be better for men like Baron

    My Novel — Volume 09

  • You don’t need to know more about the mother-in-law than she is a tufthunter.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Secrets of the Silver Screen: Distinctive Characters

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  • someone that seeks association with persons of title or high social status: snob; a toady

    October 11, 2007