Definition of bouffant in English:



  • [attributive] (of a person's hair) styled so as to puff out in a rounded shape.

    ‘a blonde lady with bouffant hair’
    • ‘The 80s has always been regarded as the decade that style forgot and amongst all the bouffant hair, shoulder pads, lycra and make-up (for the guys) its easy to see why.’
    • ‘The predominance of bouffant silver hair and whiskers was most impressive.’
    • ‘One small detail would be that Sean Penn's character is made up to look a bit TOO sadistic, with his bouffant hair style and coiled facial hair coming off as a bit too mean.’
    • ‘Fashion's current obsession with all things 1960s makes bouffant hair a big trend.’
    • ‘Pictured on the album cover in a memorable pose, the Gibb brothers were all wide smiles, bouffant hair and tight white outfits, but the music marked the pinnacle of their career and propelled the Bee Gees to superstardom.’
    • ‘Roof off is of course mandatory in a car like this unless the heavens have opened, but don't expect bouffant hair to stay intact.’
    • ‘Her hair is in that bouffant hairstyle, and she's wearing high heels.’
    • ‘The breathtakingly beautiful Carmen did a turn at the premiere on February 26th with a short sassy bouffant style with attitude to match.’
    • ‘She retreats behind a dressing screen, changing into a more chic, black dress and ripping the blonde, bouffant wig off her head.’
    • ‘As for the women, they all had hair piled high on their head like a bouffant crown or frame and bodies bound under fishnet unitards and undersized brassieres.’
    • ‘The town hairdresser, who lived above her salon in the main street, had blonde hair set in a bouffant style that looked like a fluffy yellow showercap.’
    • ‘She was sitting there, her hair in perfect bouffant fashion, manicured fingers tapping a staccato beat.’
    • ‘Next, pull the hair back into a loose, high ponytail (making sure it isn't too tight - the hair should be in a bouffant shape around the face) and coil into a bun.’
    • ‘With these styles becoming popular hats were going out of fashion as they could not sit on the bouffant styles, and did not suit the gamine image.’
    • ‘Finally, she pinned it into a high, bouffant ponytail.’
    • ‘With her sparkling frocks and big, bouffant hair, she was always popping up on Top of the Pops, belting out hits like My Simple Heart and When Will I See You Again?’
    • ‘The costumes and makeup (copious black eyeliner, bouffant hairdos) reflect the fashions of the 1960s rather than the novel's Regency setting.’
    • ‘On her first major public engagement in Ireland, she chose to wear a bouffant hair style, short Sixties-style tweed suit and black patent sling backs.’
    • ‘They had little short skirts, high heels, big bouffant hair and they smelled great.’
    • ‘Her short blonde hair was teased into a bouffant style, but her eyes were hidden by an elegant scarlet mask.’


  • A bouffant hairstyle.

    • ‘The men sport meticulous buzzcuts or sculpted bouffants, while the women swell suggestively beneath their modest attire.’
    • ‘It's like something you could put on the stereo while fixing your student bouffant in the mirror.’
    • ‘‘Our whole family used to talk about how our roots are from Africa,’ says Youssef, who straightens her tightly curled hair and wears it in a soft bouffant.’
    • ‘You'll see bouffants next to beer bellies, and we think that's great!’
    • ‘They were concerned about the height of their platforms or their bouffants.’
    • ‘Apart from a goatee beard and anachronistic blow-dried bouffant, he looks the same as ever, even after a 17-year absence.’
    • ‘This great site invites you to take a step back into the past where you can relive classic hairstyles such as the bouffant, the flip, the pixie and the pageboy.’
    • ‘An urban dandy, powder-dry, with a bouffant stiff enough to scrub a floor, Weinstein is one of the more durable figures in New York's nightworld.’
    • ‘She'd look marvelous in a bouffant, don't you think?’
    • ‘Five years later, he launched his own label with the bouffant, or ‘pouf,’ a milestone in fashion history.’
    • ‘And three years ago Elizabeth Taylor briefly abandoned her trademark black bouffant for shocking silver, and what an impact it made.’
    • ‘We're talking times marked by whitewall tires, gals with bouffants up-to-there, and music heavily steeped in soul.’
    • ‘As she entered, I was standing in front of the oversized mirror wedged in between a dozen or so teenaged girls all scrambling to restore their fallen bouffants.’
    • ‘We hear her sing Lili Marlene, Boys in the Backroom and, of course, Falling in Love Again many times; her bouffants become a little scary, but her power is unabated.’
    • ‘I was tempted to shout for the husband to run and save himself but I lost sight of him behind a woman with the Marge Simpson bouffant.’
    • ‘Though I rather like my visual of gaudily-clad older ladies with horn-rimmed glasses and pink bouffants, who run in circles ‘round each other while screaming.’
    • ‘Above the shellacked, beauty parlor bouffant of the other woman, I see Brad in the distant bus station motioning for help.’
    • ‘Then there is his series of bad hairdos, from blonde bouffant to permed mullet.’
    • ‘All of the women are luscious, in their bouffants and spit curls.’
    • ‘I can't believe any of those people actually went out in public places with those bouffants and beehives!’


Early 19th century: from French, literally swelling present participle of bouffer.