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Toft \Toft\, n. [OE. toft a knoll; akin to LG. toft a field hedged in, not far from a house, Icel. topt a green knoll, grassy place, place marked out for a house, Dan. toft.]

  1. A knoll or hill. [Obs.] ``A tower on a toft.''
    --Piers Plowman.

  2. A grove of trees; also, a plain. [Prov. Eng.]

  3. (O. Eng. Law) A place where a messuage has once stood; the site of a burnt or decayed house.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"homestead, site of a house," late Old English, from Old Norse topt "homestead," from Proto-Germanic *tumfto, from PIE *dem- "house, household" (see domestic).


n. A homestead, especially one on a hill.


Toft is a placename and surname of Norse origin. Place-names ending in -toft are usually derivations of the Old Norse word topt meaning ″site of a house, farm″. As a place-name and place-name particle, it occurs in Denmark and Scania (as -toft[e]), in England, Shetland and Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, (as -toft), in Sweden (as -tofta) and in Normandy, France, (as -tot). Its root is Proto-Germanic *tumftō ″site of a house, farm″, itself from Indo-European *dm̥ptā́-, compound (*dm̥-pt-ā́-) with the roots *dm̥-, basis of *dem(ǝ)- « house » + *pt- < *pd- from *ped- « foot », related to Latin domus ″house″, dominus ″master″, dominium > domain.

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Usage examples of "toft".

So when they had hoppled their horses, and left them to graze at their will on the sweet grass of the meadow, they laid them down behind the green toft, and, being forwearied, it was no long time ere they twain slept fast at the uttermost end of the world.

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House had come upon them as they were entangled amidst the tofts and the garths, and had overcome them and slain many.

And there shall we make our wain-burg on the edges of the wood, Where in the days past over at last the aliens stood, The Slaughter Tofts ye call it.

They stand by the tofts of a war-garth, a captain of the foe, And a man that is of the Goth-folk, and as friend and friend they speak, But I hear no word they are saying, though for every word I seek.

And now one word: thou that criest out For the Tofts in battle art not altogether unfriended, meseemeth.

And Jack of the Tofts and the chiefest of the Captains, and the Bishop, and the greatest lords of the Barons, and the doughtiest of the Knights, and the Mayor and the Aldermen, and the Masters of the Crafts, sat at the banquet with the King and his mate.

So then they let do a white cloth over a shield and hoist it on a long spear, and straightway they gat to horse, Jack of the Tofts, and Christopher, and Haward of Whiteacre, and Gilbert, and a half score all told.

At the Tofts they were welcomed with all triumph, and they were about there in the best of cheer, till it was wearing toward Candlemas, and then they took occasion of a bright and sunny day to go back to Littledale once more, and there they abode till spring was come and was wearing into summer, and messages had come and gone betwixt them and the Tofts, and it was agreed that with the first of autumn they should go back to the Tofts and see what should betide.

If thou wilt but abide at Littledale for somewhile, there shall be going and coming betwixt us, and thou shalt drink thy Yule at the Tofts, and go back afterwards, and ever shalt thou have thy sweet fellows with thee.

Straightway then was there running hither and thither and light sprang up over all the hall, and there could folk see Jack of the Tofts, and a score and a half of his best, every man of them armed with shield and helm and byrny, with green coats over their armour, and wreaths of young oak about their basnets.

Thereafter sent Christopher for Jack of the Tofts, and told him in few words what had betid, and that Rolf the traitor was dead.

First therefore arose Jack of the Tofts, and began shortly to put forth the sooth, that there was come the son of King Christopher the Old, and that now he was seeking to his kingdom, not for lust of power and gain, but that he might be the friend of good men and true, and uphold them and be by them upholden.

The maidens, also, would not have him pass into the hall unkissed, though presently, after their faces had felt his lips, they fell a-staring and wondering at Goldilind, and when Christopher took her by the hand and gave her welcome to the House of the Tofts, and they saw that she was his, they grew to be somewhat afraid, or it might be shy, both of her and of him.