quiff

quiff

1 [kwif]
noun, plural quiff, quiffs. Slang.
a woman, especially one who is promiscuous.

Origin:
1920–25; origin uncertain

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quiff

2 [kwif]
noun British.
a lock or curl of hair brought forward over the forehead.

Origin:
1885–90; origin uncertain

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quiff (kwɪf)
 
n
(Brit) a prominent tuft of hair, esp one brushed up above the forehead
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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quiff
"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 (q.v.).
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