noun, plural quiff, quiffs. Slang.

a woman, especially one who is promiscuous.

Nearby words

  1. quieten,
  2. quietism,
  3. quietly,
  4. quietude,
  5. quietus,
  6. quill,
  7. quill driver,
  8. quill pen,
  9. quillai,
  10. quillai bark

Origin of quiff

First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain



noun British.

a lock or curl of hair brought forward over the forehead.

Origin of quiff

First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain

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Examples from the Web for 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



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



"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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