1 [poof]
a high headdress with the hair rolled in puffs, worn by women in the late 18th century.
an arrangement of the hair over a pad; puff.
a puff of material as an ornament on a dress or headdress.
Also, pouffe. a broad, backless, usually round, cushionlike seat, often large enough for several people.

1810–20; < French; see puff

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

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Word Origin & History

"styles of elaborate female head-dress," 1817 (in ref. to styles of c.1780), from Fr. bouffer "to blow out, puff," probably of imitative origin. As a fashion in dress-making, recorded from 1869; in ref. to over-stuffed cushions, 1884.
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