quiff

1
[kwif]

Origin of quiff

1
First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain

quiff

2
[kwif]
noun British.
  1. a lock or curl of hair brought forward over the forehead.

Origin of quiff

2
First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for quiff

Historical Examples of quiff

  • Well, our colonel says the "quiff" is "unsoldierly" and "disfiguring," and we 'ave got to bloomin' well lop it orf, no hank.


British Dictionary definitions for quiff

quiff

noun
  1. British a prominent tuft of hair, esp one brushed up above the forehead

Word Origin for quiff

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for quiff
n.

"curl or lock of hair over the forehead," 1890, originally a style among soldiers, of unknown origin. Perhaps connected with quiff "a puff or whiff of tobacco smoke" (1831, originally Southern U.S.), held to be a variant of whiff (n.).

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