One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- variant spelling of poof
1A dress or 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’
- ‘Her crown was precariously perched on the curls piled between the twin poufs, and looked as if it might fall off at any minute.’
- ‘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.’
Late 18th century (in the sense ‘a woman's elaborate headdress’): from French, of imitative origin.
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