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noun, plural quiff, quiffs. Slang.
  1. a woman, especially one who is promiscuous.
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Origin of quiff1

First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain


noun British.
  1. a lock or curl of hair brought forward over the forehead.
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Origin of quiff2

First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples

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

    Mr. Punch on the Warpath


British Dictionary definitions for quiff


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

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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