follow Dictionary.com

8 Words That Are Older Than You Think

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
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for semibouffant

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for semibouffant

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bouffant

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for semibouffant

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends