Origin of pouf1
- 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
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).