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bouffant

[boo-fahnt, boo-fahnt; French boo-fahn] /buˈfɑnt, ˈbu fɑnt; French buˈfɑ̃/
adjective
1.
puffed out; full:
a bouffant skirt.
noun
2.
a woman's hair style in which the hair is teased to give an overall puffed-out appearance and often combed to frame the face.
Origin of bouffant
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: literally, swelling (bouff(er) to swell + -ant -ant)
Related forms
bouffancy
[boo-fuh n-see] /ˈbu fən si/ (Show IPA),
noun
semibouffant, adjective
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  • To the American eye it is a musical comedy costume, picturesque, bouffant, amazing.

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  • She smiled to see the old men with their high-waisted pants and the old women with their bouffant hair.

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British Dictionary definitions for bouffant

bouffant

/ˈbuːfɒŋ/
adjective
1.
(of a hair style) having extra height and width through back-combing; puffed out
2.
(of sleeves, skirts, etc) puffed out
noun
3.
a bouffant hair style
Word Origin
C20: from French, from bouffer to puff up
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Word Origin and History for bouffant
adj.

1869, from French bouffant, present participle of bouffer "to puff out," from Old French bouffer (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *buffare, probably ultimately imitative of puffing. As a noun by 1870. Earlier as a French word in English. First used of hairdo style 1955.

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