- 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
Examples from the Web for bouffant
And now the same thing is happening with her signature pillowy, bouffant hairstyle, reports The Daily Mail.Margaret Thatcher's Hairstyle Craze
Misty White Sidell
April 30, 2013
This time the actress is on set in Monte Carlo wearing a giant ball gown and bouffant hairdo.Carine Roitfeld To Launch Fragrance, L'Wren Scott Might Design Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress
The Fashion Beast Team
October 31, 2012
She ditches her plaid knee-highs for Audrey Hepburn-style shift dresses, fur stoles, red lipstick and a bouffant.A Touch of Audrey
October 9, 2009
- (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 and History for bouffant
1869, from French bouffant, present participle of bouffer "to puff out," from Old French bouffer (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *buffare, probably ultimately imitative of puffing. As a noun by 1870. Earlier as a French word in English. First used of hairdo style 1955.