Main definitions of pouf in English

: pouf1pouf2

pouf1

noun

exclamation

  • variant spelling of poof

Pronunciation:

pouf

/po͞of/

Main definitions of pouf in English

: pouf1pouf2

pouf2

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘‘Not there,’ she groaned, grabbing my forearm and dragging me away from the pink pouf monstrosity that hung in the store window.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A 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.’

Origin

Late 18th century (in the sense an elaborate female headdress): from French, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation:

pouf

/po͞of/