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Informal term for an upper-class or wealthy person.  Synonym: nob.

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"Toff" Quotes from Famous Books

... explaining the point, "there are all sorts in the Army now, and this man was a toff. He was so rich that he could afford to allow his wife four thousand pounds a year. Four thousand pounds! Do ...
— A Boswell of Baghdad - With Diversions • E. V. Lucas

... scratched his head. "Well, he wasn't altogether such an easy gentleman to describe. I'd put him at forty years of age, and he was of a middle height, two or three inches shorter than you, sir. He was dressed like a toff, and he had a black beard, cut square at the end, and a pale face. I don't know as I could say more ...
— Hound of the Baskervilles • Authur Conan Doyle

... tent ration-bag would fill us with the spirit of loyalty and patriotism. If an officer used harsh, brutal words we would loathe him and meditate vengeance. But if an officer spoke to us kindly or did us some slight service we would call him a "brick," a "toff," or a "sport," and overflow with sentimental devotion. It was not difficult to please us, indeed it was often touching to observe for how small a thing the men would show the most ardent gratitude and work enthusiastically so as to show their appreciation. If those with high authority ...
— Combed Out • Fritz August Voigt

... is pooty, and 'ops 'as admirers, no doubt; But it's only when sport is afoot as the country's worth fussin' about. Your toff likes the turmuts or stubbles when poultry is there to be shot. But corn-fields and cabbage-beds, CHARLIE? Way oh! that's ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, August 16, 1890 • Various

... and heard the senior say to the junior, "He's a toff, that's what he is, and you're a fool. Have you forgotten as you're on ...
— Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days • Arnold Bennett

... know was comin' through East Sixty-seventh Street, and there was my lady, dressed to beat the band, leadin' one of them little toy dogs, and talkin' to a swell toff that lives in one of them houses. Got the ...
— The Dust Flower • Basil King

... park, he wandered up and down. He loitered here, he loitered there, till he was like to drop, Until at last in sheer despair he sought a barber's shop. ''Ere! shave my beard and whiskers off, I'll be a man of mark, I'll go and do the Sydney toff up ...
— The Man from Snowy River • Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson

... to be nice to my gal. She's never 'ad no chance to associate with a real toff. It ain't 'er fault, poor gal; it's the life we leads. These 'ere circus people are as good as gold, Jacky; I'm not complaining about that. But they ain't just exactly wot I want my gal to grow up like. Not but ...
— The Rose in the Ring • George Barr McCutcheon

... saying flashed into King's mind, and he remembered the first time he had heard it, the night when he had put away Stowsher Bill. The toff who had bought him a drink after the fight and patted him on the shoulder had used those words. Youth will be served! The toff was right. And on that night in the long ago he had been Youth. To-night Youth sat in the ...
— When God Laughs and Other Stories • Jack London

... a duck when you come to stay; A great big duck—a Muscovy toff— Ready and fit,' I says, 'for the fray; And if the grasshoppers come our way You turn your duck into the lucerne patch, And I'd be ready to make a match That the grasshoppers ...
— Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses • A. B. Paterson

Words linked to "Toff" :   man of means, rich man, nob, wealthy man

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