bouffant [boo-fahnt, boo-fahnt; French boo-fahn] ExamplesWord Originadjective
- puffed out; full: a bouffant skirt.
- 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 of bouffant 1875–80; French: literally, swelling (bouff(er) to swell + -ant -ant)Related formsbouf·fan·cy [boo-fuh n-see] /ˈbu fən si/, nounsem·i·bouf·fant, adjective Related Words for bouffant hairdo, haircut, braid, headdress, dreadlocks, ponytail, do, cut, natural, bubble, chignon, pixie, bun, fade, bob, flip, coiffure, pageboy, bouffant, flattop Examples from the Web for bouffant Contemporary Examples of bouffant
And now the same thing is happening with her signature pillowy, bouffant hairstyle, reports The Daily Mail.
Misty White Sidell
April 30, 2013
This time the actress is on set in Monte Carlo wearing a giant ball gown and bouffant hairdo.
The Fashion Beast Team
October 31, 2012
She ditches her plaid knee-highs for Audrey Hepburn-style shift dresses, fur stoles, red lipstick and a bouffant.
October 9, 2009
Historical Examples of bouffant
She smiled to see the old men with their high-waisted pants and the old women with their bouffant hair.
To the American eye it is a musical comedy costume, picturesque, bouffant, amazing.
British Dictionary definitions for bouffant bouffant adjective
- (of a hair style) having extra height and width through back-combing; puffed out
- (of sleeves, skirts, etc) puffed out
- a bouffant hair style
Word Origin for bouffant C20: from French, from bouffer to puff up Word Origin and History for 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.