Origin of boudoirFr, literally , pouting room ; from bouder, to pout, sulk + -oir, as in parloir, parlor
Origin of boudoirFrench, from Old French bouder, to sulk.
Strictly refers only to a woman’s room, but sometimes used informally or humorously by men to refer to their inner sanctum, as in The Big Sleep (1939), by American writer Raymond Chandler, where Philip Marlowe (the hero, a man) says (p. 53):
- “Tut, tut,” I said. “Come into my boudoir.”