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[poof] /puf/
noun
1.
a high headdress with the hair rolled in puffs, worn by women in the late 18th century.
2.
an arrangement of the hair over a pad; puff.
3.
a puff of material as an ornament on a dress or headdress.
4.
Also, pouffe. a broad, backless, usually round, cushionlike seat, often large enough for several people.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French; see puff
Related forms
poufed, pouffed, adjective
poufy, pouffy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pouffy

pouf

/puːf/
noun
1.
a large solid cushion, usually cylindrical or cubic in shape, used as a seat
2.
  1. a woman's hair style, fashionable esp in the 18th century, in which the hair is piled up in rolled puffs
  2. a pad set in the hair to make such puffs
3.
a stuffed pad worn under panniers
4.
(Brit, derogatory, slang) (pʊf; puːf) less common spellings of poof
Word Origin
C19: from French; see puff
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Word Origin and History for pouffy

pouf

n.

"style of elaborate female head-dress," 1817 (in reference to styles of c.1780), from French bouffer "to blow out, puff," probably of imitative origin. In dress-making, recorded from 1869; in reference to over-stuffed cushions, 1884. As a verb by 1882 (implied in pouffed).

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