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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
toff
noun
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▪ But it wasn't really such a leap from paintings of riders to pictures of top-hatted toffs playing around with tousled tarts.
▪ But the intellectual toffs are also thin on the ground.
▪ Now here she was with a toff!
▪ The toffs are no longer willing to crawl about all day in the wilds.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Toff

Toff \Toff\, n. [Etym. uncertain.] A fop; a beau; a swell. [Slang, Eng.]
--Kipling.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
toff

lower-class London slang for "stylish dresser, man of the smart set," 1851, said by OED to be probably an alteration of tuft, formerly an Oxford University term for a nobleman or gentleman-commoner (1755), in reference to the gold ornamental tassel worn on the caps of undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge whose fathers were peers with votes in the House of Lords.

Wiktionary
toff

n. 1 (context obsolete English) An elegantly dressed person. 2 (context British English) A person of the upper class, or with pretensions to it, who usually communicates an air of superiority.

WordNet
toff

n. an elegantly dressed man (often with affected manners) [syn: nob]

Wikipedia
Toff

In British English slang, a toff is a derogatory stereotype for someone with an aristocratic background or belonging to the landed gentry, particularly someone who exudes an air of superiority. For instance, The Toff, a character from the series of adventure novels by John Creasey, is an upper-class crime sleuth who uses a common caricature of a toff – a line drawing with a top hat, monocle, bow-tie and cigarette with a holder – as his calling card.

Hoorah Henry has a similar meaning.

Usage examples of "toff".

Playing cards, hobnobbing with flash toffs with a swank glass in their eye, adrinking fizz and he half smothered in writs and garnishee orders.

A pogue taken from a dizzy shop-girl containing one silver shilling carried the same penalty at law as a dumby lifted from a rich toff stuffed with Bank of England longtails and jingling with gold sovereigns.

London brothel, Mary would refuse him and often in the process offend some high-ranking toff.

She might have been bought by a toff, then despised in society, or taken by a procuress for one of the many bawdy-houses that lined the alleyways.

A pogue taken from a dizzy shop-girl containing one silver shilling carried the same penalty at law as a dumby lifted from a rich toff stuffed with Bank of England longtails and jingling with gold sovereigns.

Henry James, the tale of a young, rich Americanwell, obviouslymarooned among the importunate toffs of Europe.

Kicking out some of the more useless toffs and replacing them with smart street lads had been the next.

         Rosemarie made a list of all the people who had not written her a letter that morning:          George Lewis          Peter Elkin          Joan Elkin          Howard Toff          Edgar Rich          Marcy Powers          Sue Brownly          and many others          Paul said to the man at the hardware store: I need a new awl.

These aesthetic gaffes give one an almost uncontrollable urge to make fun of Microsoft, but again, it is all beside the point--if Microsoft had done focus group testing of possible alternative graphics, they probably would have found that the average mid-level office worker associated fountain pens with effete upper management toffs and was more comfortable with ballpoints.

There was a great crowd waiting, the toffs to the fore and the mob craning and hurrahing at a more respectful distance.

Toffner obtained a hotel room and then visited the current trade mart, hoping to keep an eye open for items suitable for future gladiator fights.

A wave of relief washed over Toffner as he heard these words in his mother language.

It didn't seem like much, right now, but it would probably be enough if these were street toughs out to roll a toff.