From Old Norse 'topt', from Proto-Indo-European *dmpedom "floor", a compound of *dem- "to build" and *ped- "foot".



toft (plural tofts)

  1. A homestead, especially one on a hill.
    • 1840, George Poulson, The History and Antiquities of the Seigniory of Holderness, Volume 1, page 479,
      Rendering therefore annually to me and my heirs one halfpenny on the day of the nativity of St. John the Baptist for all suits services and demands and I the said Alice and my heirs the aforesaid toft and land with all their appurtenances as is before named to the said William and his heirs [] .
    • 2003, C. S. Knighton (editor), Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous (Chancery): Preserved in the Public Record Office, Volume VIII: 1422—1485, page 73,
      Wynnemerus Preston lately held 2 cottages wasted of which the tofts are worth 2d. net yearly and another cottage wasted of which the toft is worth 6d. net yearly.
    • 2013, M. J. Hebditch (editor), Yorkshire Deeds, Volume 9, page 34,
      [] the lands of Peter de Sourdeuall in Esk, Brandesburton and Routh [] namely, half the capital messuage with the enclosure (ofuenam) as it is bounded and fenced, and a bovate of land which belonged to John, son of Emmot, and a toft which Henry, son of Walter, held, and a toft which Roger the carpenter (le carpentre) held, [] .