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quiff1

[kwif] /kwɪf/
noun, plural quiff, quiffs. Slang.
1.
a woman, especially one who is promiscuous.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; origin uncertain

quiff2

[kwif] /kwɪf/
noun, British
1.
a lock or curl of hair brought forward over the forehead.
Origin
1885-90; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for quiff

quiff

/kwɪf/
noun
1.
(Brit) a prominent tuft of hair, esp one brushed up above the forehead
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for quiff
n.

"curl or lock of hair over the forehead," 1890, originally a style among soldiers, of unknown origin. Perhaps connected with quiff "a puff or whiff of tobacco smoke" (1831, originally Southern U.S.), held to be a variant of whiff (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for quiff

quiff

noun

A prostitute or promiscuous woman; roundheel: because some quiff is going to give you head

[1923+; origin obscure; probably related to the sense ''copulate,'' found by 1719]


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