toff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n toff informal term for an upper-class or wealthy person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Toff A fop; a beau; a swell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n toff A dandy; a fop; a swell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Toff tof (slang) a dandy, a swell.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Etym. uncertain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.

Usage

In literature:

We calls him mister, 'cause he's a toff.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
He meant a 'flash-tail,' or prostitute who goes about the streets at nights trying to pick up 'toffs.
"Six Years in the Prisons of England" by A Merchant - Anonymous
I'll bet 'e looked a toff!
"Oh! Susannah! A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts" by Mark Ambient
And who, may I ask, do you take yourself for, a-trying to speak like a toff?
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Let the alien toff take his pick.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, May 20, 1893" by Various
By a curious coincidence the great news seemed to have reached all, toffs and crooks alike, at exactly the same time.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
He sleeps in the mews behind Great Toff House.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
But that's for toffs on three quid a week, reg'lar wages.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
An' there's the other toff, 'im that biffed me.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
All this had come through Mrs. Toff, and he was hardly able to rely upon Mrs. Toff.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

Let me down easy, reader, say!
Don't run the bluff that you are on,
Or proudly scoff at every toff
Who rattles off a rag-time con.
"An Inside Con to Refined Guys" by Wallace Irwin
"This Duchess -- I ain't quite sure uv 'er rank;
She might 'ave been a Peeress. I dunno.
I meets 'er 'usband first. 'E owns a bank,
I 'eard, an' 'arf a dozen mints or so.
A dinkum toff. 'E sez, 'Come 'ome with me An' 'ave some tea.'
"A Digger's Tale" by C J Dennis
I mind the time the bishop came, one day in early spring
We brought him round to see the school, and hear the children sing;
Bedad, I was a toff that day; you'd think I was a dean,
Or some commercial traveller-my thanks to Josephine.
"Josephine" by John O Brien
"You 'ear a lot," sez little Digger Smith,
"About 'ow English swells is so stand-off.
Don't yeh believe it; it's a silly myth.
I've been reel cobbers with the British toff
While I'm on leaf; for Blighty likes our crowd, An' done us proud.
"A Digger's Tale" by C J Dennis
Look at 'em! Toffs with their big cigars,
Drivin' along in their motor cars.
Nothin' at all like the olden days
When the blokes came by in their bullock drays,
When a cut o' the joint and a hunk o' bread
Was a meal for a king; an' a man was fed.
"The Old Shanty" by C J Dennis

In news:

Toff Doctrine Monetary Policy From Alan Greenspan to Mario Draghi.
The decor at the new Preece & Toff Salon in Santa Monica, CA, melds Zen simplicity with a rock 'n' roll edge, a direct reflection of the salon's two owners.
Toff Doctrine Monetary Policy From Alan Greenspan to Mario Draghi.
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In science:

From these ton and toff can be set to desired values by picking suitable values of R1,R2 and C. (1) assumes gate G1's inputs to be completely non-sourcing/sinking current for any input voltage which is not true. However incorporating a high resistance(~100KΩ) before its common inputs can make (1) much more reliable.
High Voltage Generation for Physics Lab
Minimum On/Off Periods: If one generator has been committed (or uncommitted) at time t, it must remain committed (uncommitted resp.) until time t + Ton (t + Toff resp.). 2.
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
Meanwhile, there are also generators based on steam engine, and are “slow-responding” with non-negligible Ton , Toff , and small ramping-up/down rates.
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
That is, Ton = 0, Toff = 0, Rup = ∞, Rdw = ∞.
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
Similarly, if the generator is turned off at time t, it must remain off for at least Toff time, during which we say that the generator is unavailable for service.
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
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