One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- variant spelling of poof
1A part of a dress in which a large mass of material has been gathered so that it stands away from the body.as modifier ‘a dress with a pouf skirt’
- ‘Gowns with halter tops, pouf satin or silk skirts or ripped hems are right in keeping with the rock princess look.’
- ‘For a casual night out for the society girl-on-the-go, his red mohair plaid strapless dress with peek-a-boo velvet bow and mini pouf hem detailing of pleated lace and tulle sets the right tone for the evening.’
- ‘‘Not there,’ she groaned, grabbing my forearm and dragging me away from the pink pouf monstrosity that hung in the store window.’
- 1.1 A bouffant hairstyle.‘he grew his hair out in a sort of pouf’
- ‘Using a blend of honey, blond and warm-brown human hair, he then pinned a large Afro pouf to her head, blending her natural hair into the ‘fro.’
- ‘Her crown was precariously perched on the curls piled between the twin poufs, and looked as if it might fall off at any minute.’
Late 18th century (in the sense ‘a woman's elaborate headdress’): from French, of imitative origin.
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