pouf

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[poof]
noun
  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.
  3. a puff of material as an ornament on a dress or headdress.
  4. Also pouffe. a broad, backless, usually round, cushionlike seat, often large enough for several people.

Origin of pouf

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From French, dating back to 1810–20; see origin at puff
Related formspoufed, pouffed, adjectivepouf·y, pouf·fy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for poufy

pouf

pouffe

noun
  1. a large solid cushion, usually cylindrical or cubic in shape, used as a seat
    1. a woman's hair style, fashionable esp in the 18th century, in which the hair is piled up in rolled puffs
    2. a pad set in the hair to make such puffs
  2. a stuffed pad worn under panniers
  3. (pʊf, puːf) British derogatory, slang less common spellings of poof

Word Origin for pouf

C19: from French; see puff
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Word Origin and History for poufy

pouf

n.

"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).

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