Definition of pouffe in English:

pouffe

(also pouf)

noun

  • A cushioned footstool or low seat with no back.

    pouf
    • ‘And the pouffe and the columns are all characteristics of the empire style.’
    • ‘A sunken lounge features Moroccan cushions and pouffes, while a dining alcove is covered in rich velvet drapes in red, orange and ochre.’
    • ‘We are sourcing material for a pair of pouffes back in Nottingham.’
    • ‘Startled, they all plopped themselves into chairs or pouffes.’
    • ‘It is now the premier arena in the South East for leather sofas, suites, armchairs, recliners and the new vogue - suede and leather cube poufs.’
    • ‘He would stand on a pouffe in our living room and conduct the orchestra with one of his mother's knitting needles.’
    • ‘They have rubbishy foam sofas and the odd ironic beanbag, or leather pouffe.’
    • ‘The room was nicely furnished with two long couches and then a couple poufs.’
    • ‘Ten minutes later I was sitting on a comfy pouffe in his garage listening to his contagious blend of pop, rock and punk songs telling of break-ups, ex-girlfriends and other adolescent troubles.’
    • ‘An aperture in the back wall is incised in the form of an unmoulded stilted arch; there is one low table round which diners slump on leather pouffes; the other tables are covered in cloths of thick striped material.’
    • ‘In one canvas palace, beautiful people loafed around on pouffes, while those outside had to make do with slightly damp grass.’
    • ‘One wonders what bad experiences the sensitive prince has had with unsympathetic sofas or aggressive pouffes.’
    • ‘In further visits to the store trading standards officers found a second dangerous type of folding chair and a pouffe and throw which did not have the required labelling and fire safety information.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from French pouf, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation:

pouffe

/po͞of/