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n. Chiefly British Slang
A member of the upper classes, especially one who is elegantly dressed.
[Probably variant of tuft, a gold tassel worn by titled students at Oxford and Cambridge.]
informal Brit a rich, well-dressed, or upper-class person, esp a man
[C19: perhaps variant of tuft, nickname for a titled student at Oxford University, wearing a cap with a gold tassel]
Brit. Informal. dandy
[1850–55; perhaps alter. of tuft (referring to a titled undergraduate at Oxford or Cambridge)]