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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    1. 1.1North American A man's hairstyle in which the hair is combed up from the forehead without a part.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’’
      • ‘These psychobilly legends may be getting a bit of grey in their greased-up pompadours, but are just as psycho as ever.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Skinny ties, slicked pompadours, and lots of lace turn excess into an understatement of seismic proportions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A big guy with tats and a rockabilly pompadour walks by.’
      • ‘His hair is dyed black, and is styled in a pompadour, and he wears mutton-chop sideburns.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How else could you have forgotten the skinny leather ties, impossible post-Ted pompadours, and endlessly layered synthesizers over fake English accents?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In real life they looked small, sallow, extravagantly Vaselined, with poofter pompadours and funny shoes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has the clothes, the shoes, the pompadour, and the ‘strong, silent, coolness’ thing completely down cold.’
      • ‘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.’


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

    • ‘I saw a concert in Santa Barbara in 2002 and it was just an ocean of black pompadoured hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He pompadoured his foretop rather short and tied a full eagle tail on top of his head as a single ornament.’
    • ‘These pompadoured locals strut along a very fine line, with psychobilly overkill on one side and castrated vanilla-billy on the other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Gene Vincent's was greasy, James Brown's extravagantly pompadoured, Elvis's as carefully coiffed as the 18th green at Augusta.’


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