- a high headdress with the hair rolled in puffs, worn by women in the late 18th century.
- an arrangement of the hair over a pad; puff.
- a puff of material as an ornament on a dress or headdress.
- Also pouffe. a broad, backless, usually round, cushionlike seat, often large enough for several people.
Origin of pouf1
Examples from the Web for pouf
Example: "Standing in one corner…4'9", two inches with the pouf—Snooki Polizzi.The Real Jersey Dictionary, Vol. 2
October 21, 2010
The smallest housemate's pouf is about as iconic as her orange skin, though she's decided to retire the former.The Real Jersey Dictionary
August 2, 2010
She snapped her fingers, and gave the Zerv equivalent of "pouf."Valley of the Croen
Her relatives joined the revolutionists, and pouf,—were blown out.Eve to the Rescue
You throw your apron over your head so that you can't see, and pouf!Fromont and Risler, Complete
The Emperor has gone to Metzeh piff, pouf, boum, where is your Bismarck then!The Garden of Swords
Wherever she goes she is the cynosure of all eyes, and then—Pouf!In Vanity Fair
Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
- a large solid cushion, usually cylindrical or cubic in shape, used as a seat
- a woman's hair style, fashionable esp in the 18th century, in which the hair is piled up in rolled puffs
- a pad set in the hair to make such puffs
- a stuffed pad worn under panniers
- (pʊf, puːf) British derogatory, slang less common spellings of poof
Word Origin and History for pouf
"style of elaborate female head-dress," 1817 (in reference to styles of c.1780), from French bouffer "to blow out, puff," probably of imitative origin. In dress-making, recorded from 1869; in reference to over-stuffed cushions, 1884. As a verb by 1882 (implied in pouffed).