- 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
- 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
"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).