Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

Etymologies

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tuft +‎ hunter

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

  • 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 — Complete

  • 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

  • toady Synonyms toady, sycophant

    March 22, 2015

  • toady Rhymes Cody, coyote, dhoti, Jody, peyote, Quixote, roady, throaty

    March 22, 2015

  • Their scorn could hardly be blunter

    But insults or slights don’t affront her.

    In rock she’s a “roadie,”

    More generally - “toady,”

    And formerly known as tufthunter.

    Michael Quinion has an excellent discussion of this word at

    http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-tuf2.htm

    April 25, 2018

  • I think you're confusing roadie with groupie.

    April 25, 2018

  • This is a problem in that groupie does not rhyme with toady. Can we suppose an especially abject roadie?

    The measure of my knowledge of the culture of rock is probably a negative value. I am going to have to do some original thinking, unless of course the persuasive power of my application of roadie in this limerick has such influence that the common understanding of the word is changed. How long should I wait?

    April 25, 2018

  • I'd quit the waiting and walk 500 miles. And 500 more. Worked for The Proclaimers.

    April 25, 2018


  • Their scorn could hardly be blunter

    But insults or slights don’t affront her,

    A compliant tool

    Too ready to snool,

    And formerly known as tufthunter.

    April 25, 2018

  • Google and I got that allusion and enjoyed a very amusing Youtube video.

    April 25, 2018

  • (chorus)

    Do you come from a land down under?

    Where women glow and men plunder?

    Can't you hear, can't you hear tufthunter?

    You better run, you better take cover

    April 26, 2018