Definition of quiff in English:

quiff

noun

British
  • A piece of hair brushed upwards and backwards from a man's forehead.

    ‘a boy with a floppy quiff’
    ‘a quiff of white hair’
    • ‘A slip of a man, he is a little bit glam, a little bit rock 'n' roll and he sports a rooster-type quiff hairdo.’
    • ‘Look beyond the crooner's perma-grin, the twinkle in the eye, the ever-bouncing quiff and there, on his cheeks and chin, was the unmistakable sheen of foundation.’
    • ‘The series includes shots of her mimicking silent movie stars and fluffing her fringe into a quiff; they were spontaneous and fun.’
    • ‘Bettie Page bangs and high ponytails for the ladies, sky-high quiffs for the guys.’
    • ‘And coming across an old school photograph - with the boys on the back row sporting some super Sixties quiffs - has prompted the two women to seek out others and stage a school reunion.’
    • ‘A South African man with a big floppy quiff is ordering a very complex lunch.’
    • ‘Backcombing is still used today for spot styling bangs hawks, faux hawks, quiffs, full Mohawks or for creating a big style like those worn by some supermodels on fashion runways.’
    • ‘His quiff used to be sat like a small, silvery lemur balanced atop his skull; now, there's a luxuriant abundance of black hair.’
    • ‘He wouldn't let me be in the photograph with my quiff.’
    • ‘I had visions of quiffs and highlights and all manner of strange accoutrements being used to make me look like a complete twat.’
    • ‘My sister, God bless her, went to University, and by the end of the first term was using a catering-sized tin of hairspray a week to keep her quiff from sagging.’
    • ‘You can tell by their quiffs, black biker boots, jeans and country and western shirts.’
    • ‘The camaraderie and family atmosphere was evident among fans of all ages and backgrounds, many of them sporting Elvis-style quiffs and teddy-boy outfits.’
    • ‘The second man was about 5ft 5in, in his mid 20s, of slim build and with black hair in a quiff.’
    • ‘Comedy quiffs, tinny synths and half an inch of rouge were never meant to last.’
    • ‘Well, two of my local councillors showed up - both dapper chappies, a younger bloke with a furrowed brow and an older gentleman with the finest quiff I have ever seen on a man over 60.’
    • ‘It was about welding existing styles (retro costumes, quiffs and old rock 'n' roll riffs) onto a recently developed technological chassis supplied by the synthesiser.’
    • ‘The quiff is immaculate, the look is unmistakable.’
    • ‘Soon I had amassed a large record collection while, simultaneously, building up a vaseline-walled quiff which defied gravity.’
    • ‘Girls were fully made up, puffy red unglossed lips, stilettos, pencil skirts and long straight hair in ponytails with quiffs or short curled just so.’

Origin

Late 19th century (originally denoting a lock of hair plastered down on the forehead, especially as worn by soldiers): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

quiff

/kwɪf/