bouffant

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

adjective

puffed out; full: a bouffant skirt.

noun

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

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Origin of bouffant

First recorded in 1875–80; from French: literally, “swelling” (bouff(er) “to swell” + -ant adjective suffix; see -ant)

OTHER WORDS FROM bouffant

bouf·fan·cy [boo-fuhn-see], /ˈbu fən si/, nounsem·i·bouf·fant, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bouffant

bouffant
/ (ˈbuːfɒŋ) /

adjective

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

noun

a bouffant hair style

Word Origin for bouffant

C20: from French, from bouffer to puff up
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