Definition of pompadour in US English:



  • 1A woman's hairstyle in which the hair is turned back off the forehead in a roll.

    • ‘Over a table hung a sign saying ‘U.S.O. Welcomes Our Servicemen,’ and a young woman with her hair neatly rolled in a high pompadour offered coffee and powdered doughnuts to servicemen passing by.’
    • ‘Badgley Mischka's campaign, inspired by a Dutchess of Devonshire fantasy, portrays a bride beneath a huge pompadour with leaves, feathers against a soft, gold background.’
    • ‘After learning about the potential for using hairdos as drug caches, who will ever watch film clips of the Andrews Sisters, with their shellacked pompadours, the same way again?’
    • ‘If local women venture onto the dusty streets at all, they sport ankle-length dresses, buttoned-up blouses and 1930s hairstyles with buns and pompadours.’
    1. 1.1North American A man's hairstyle in which the hair is combed up from the forehead without a part.
      • ‘His hair is dyed black, and is styled in a pompadour, and he wears mutton-chop sideburns.’
      • ‘Basically the last thing I wanted was four guys in pompadours singing about cats and shoes.’
      • ‘From the Iron Cross t-shirts and the leather jackets to the greasy pompadours and rampant alcoholism, this is a high-octane outfit that would scare your mom and dad into thinking Eminem is a ‘nice boy?’’
      • ‘Perhaps it's his glaring vanity - it is surely disingenuous for a man in his sixties to sport such a pompadour and pretend that he doesn't want it noticed.’
      • ‘How else could you have forgotten the skinny leather ties, impossible post-Ted pompadours, and endlessly layered synthesizers over fake English accents?’
      • ‘On Sundays and public holidays, several bands set up and perform, there are a few international performers doing their thing, '60 guys with their pompadours do the twist, and there are a few street vendors.’
      • ‘In real life they looked small, sallow, extravagantly Vaselined, with poofter pompadours and funny shoes.’
      • ‘A white-faced girl with inky hair gave Speedy a hooded glance of appraisal, while her sullen date glared openly at him; a giggling trio of teenage rockabillys came through with matching pompadours.’
      • ‘A big guy with tats and a rockabilly pompadour walks by.’
      • ‘He appeared on My Wife and Kids, a truly godawful ABC sitcom on which his fellow guest stars included Al Sharpton and Wayne Newton, who at least share a similar taste in pompadours and amulets.’
      • ‘Elliot - in a blond pompadour and soulful expression - is so sensitive that the sight of the sunset makes him weep with compassion for all of mankind and nature.’
      • ‘Whether it's the sex appeal of Lili Sweet, the wild hillbilly antics of Bloodshot Bill, the Brains' ghoulish makeup or the Gutter Demons' Meteor-esque Mohawk pompadours, Montreal psychobilly bands mean business in the looks department.’
      • ‘Skinny ties, slicked pompadours, and lots of lace turn excess into an understatement of seismic proportions.’
      • ‘I remember going down to [SoCal punk and rockabilly festival] Hootenany in '98; I had never seen so many custom cars, pompadours, and vintage-style tattoos in one place in my life.’
      • ‘Joining the two other members of the camp staff, Jon Voigt is a particularly nasty delight as he struts around with a six-shooter and a greasy pompadour.’
      • ‘Petrone, with his jet-black pompadour and ever-present leather cat coat, was as much of a constant in the local rock and underground music scene as hangovers and bad sound checks.’
      • ‘These psychobilly legends may be getting a bit of grey in their greased-up pompadours, but are just as psycho as ever.’
      • ‘It makes me wonder why I never thought of Morrissey in the context of Elvis before, if only for the pompadours, let alone the iconic stature.’
      • ‘These works take cues from rebellious, pretty-boy Americana, namely Brando and Elvis; doe eyes and pompadours appear to float in the etchings, disembodied, like clouds from a smokestack.’
      • ‘He has the clothes, the shoes, the pompadour, and the ‘strong, silent, coolness’ thing completely down cold.’


[with object]usually as adjective pompadoured
North American
  • Arrange (hair) in a pompadour.

    • ‘He pompadoured his foretop rather short and tied a full eagle tail on top of his head as a single ornament.’
    • ‘Sneak a peek at practically any big-deal CEO, congressional heavy, media baron, talk-show yakker, pompadoured TV preacher, or any the other pushers of America's new ethic of grab-it-and-go greed.’
    • ‘These pompadoured locals strut along a very fine line, with psychobilly overkill on one side and castrated vanilla-billy on the other.’
    • ‘Add to that his Bond villain in Golden Eye, his scene-stealing creep in Circle of Friends and Gwyneth Paltrow's pompadoured pal in Emma and he proves himself not only eclectic but electric.’
    • ‘Who needs a Subway Series when you've got the pompadoured rockabilly boys of Union Pool going head to head with the tattooed punk princes of Sweetwater in your own back yard?’
    • ‘I saw a concert in Santa Barbara in 2002 and it was just an ocean of black pompadoured hair.’
    • ‘The Johnnies debuted in 1962 at the Western Carnival, a week-long annual music festival in Tokyo's Nichigeki Theatre where pompadoured greasers played the newest styles.’
    • ‘Gene Vincent's was greasy, James Brown's extravagantly pompadoured, Elvis's as carefully coiffed as the 18th green at Augusta.’
    • ‘While some tunes might suggest the hanging of the ten, others evoke sombrero-sporting mariachis and pompadoured teds, Martinis in the Boom-Boom Room or riding shotgun with Squinty Clint.’
    • ‘Small touches add to the surrealism: a cheap looking miniature in the opening shot to represent Pepa's apartment block, Candela's weird coffeepot-shaped earrings, a pompadoured cab driver whose taxi is decked out with a Mambo theme.’
    • ‘Just as the Hells Angels evolved from wild-at-heart pompadoured post-WWII flyboys, Lemmy's long hair 'n' leather aesthetic is an extension of the '50s greaser ethos, taken to its logical extreme.’


Late 19th century: named after Madame de Pompadour (see Pompadour, Marquise de).