- an elaborate headdress worn by women, esp. in the 18th cent., and characterized by high rolls or puffs of hair
- any part of a dress, etc. gathered into a puff, or projection
- a kind of ottoman or hassock
- Brit., Slang poof: a dismissive and, often, offensive term
Origin of poufFr, a puff: echoic
Also sp. pouff or pouffe
- A woman's hairstyle popular in the 1700s, characterized by high rolled puffs.
- A part of a garment, such as a dress, that is gathered into a puff.
- A rounded ottoman.
Origin of poufFrench from Old French interjection used for a fall of imitative origin
- (historical) A headdress for women popular in 18th century France. [from 18th c.]
- A high hair style for women consisting of a roll or pad of hair, worn up. [from 19th c.]
- (dressmaking) Part of an item of clothing consisting of gathered fabric in a bunch. [from 19th c.]
- A low cushioned seat with no back; a padded footstool. [from 19th c.]
- A short skirt gathered into a rounded puffy shape; a puffball. [from 20th c.]
- A ball of fabric (such as nylon monofilament netting) used for washing (as an alternative to a flannel, washcloth, sponge, etc.).
- (dated) A small saddle cushion worn atop the buttocks (as a fashion trend - similar to a bustle).
- Alternative form of puff.
- Alternative form of poof.