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