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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.
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Origin of pouf1
From French, dating back to 1810–20; see origin at puff
OTHER WORDS FROM poufpoufed, pouffed, adjectivepoufy, pouffy, adjective
Other definitions for pouf (2 of 2)
[ poof, poof ]
/ pʊf, puf /
noun British Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
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How to use pouf in a sentence
A Pouffe mantras during the campaign was that he only mingles with reporters "when it serves a purpose."
I had indeed hoped that my name was well known enough to—Pouffe!Cleek of Scotland Yard|Thomas W. Hanshew
British Dictionary definitions for pouf
/ (puːf) /
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 for pouf
C19: from French; see puff
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