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  1. a high headdress with the hair rolled in puffs, worn by women in the late 18th century.

  2. an arrangement of the hair over a pad; puff.

  1. a puff of material as an ornament on a dress or headdress.

  2. Also pouffe. a broad, backless, usually round, cushionlike seat, often large enough for several people.

Origin of pouf

From French, dating back to 1810–20; see origin at puff

Other words from pouf

  • poufed, pouffed, adjective
  • poufy, pouffy, adjective

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Other definitions for pouf (2 of 2)

[ poof, poof ]

nounBritish Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

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How to use pouf in a sentence

  • But when the Fatherland is in danger, then killing signifies nothing—is of no consequence—pouf!

    The Dark Star | Robert W. Chambers
  • So now a protesting chorus arose from the children as Colin, with a scornful “pouf!”

    Joan of Arc | Lucy Foster Madison

British Dictionary definitions for pouf



/ (puːf) /

  1. 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

  1. a stuffed pad worn under panniers

  2. (pʊf, puːf) British derogatory, slang less common spellings of poof

Origin of pouf

C19: from French; see puff

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