[ boo-fahnt, boo-fahnt; French boo-fahn ]
/ buˈfɑnt, ˈbu fɑnt; French buˈfɑ̃ /


puffed out; full: a bouffant skirt.


a woman's hair style in which the hair is teased to give an overall puffed-out appearance and often combed to frame the face.

Origin of bouffant

1875–80; < French: literally, swelling (bouff(er) to swell + -ant -ant)

Related forms

bouf·fan·cy [boo-fuh n-see] /ˈbu fən si/, nounsem·i·bouf·fant, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bouffant


/ (ˈbuːfɒŋ) /


(of a hair style) having extra height and width through back-combing; puffed out
(of sleeves, skirts, etc) puffed out


a bouffant hair style

Word Origin for bouffant

C20: from French, from bouffer to puff up
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