bouffant [boo-fahnt, boo-fahnt; French boo-fahn] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for bouffant on adjective

  1. puffed out; full: a bouffant skirt.


  1. 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.

    Margaret Thatcher’s Hairstyle Craze

    Misty White Sidell

    April 30, 2013

  • This time the actress is on set in Monte Carlo wearing a giant ball gown and bouffant hairdo.

    Carine Roitfeld To Launch Fragrance, L’Wren Scott Might Design Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress

    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.

    A Touch of Audrey

    Rachel Syme

    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.


    Cory Doctorow

  • To the American eye it is a musical comedy costume, picturesque, bouffant, amazing.

    Fanny Herself

    Edna Ferber

  • British Dictionary definitions for bouffant bouffant adjective

    1. (of a hair style) having extra height and width through back-combing; puffed out
    2. (of sleeves, skirts, etc) puffed out


    1. 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.

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