Definition of bouffant in English:

bouffant

Syllabification: bouf·fant
Pronunciation: /bo͞oˈfänt
 
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adjective

[attributive]
(Of a person’s hair) styled so as to puff out in a rounded shape: a blonde lady with bouffant hair
More example sentences
  • On her first major public engagement in Ireland, she chose to wear a bouffant hair style, short Sixties-style tweed suit and black patent sling backs.
  • One small detail would be that Sean Penn's character is made up to look a bit TOO sadistic, with his bouffant hair style and coiled facial hair coming off as a bit too mean.
  • Roof off is of course mandatory in a car like this unless the heavens have opened, but don't expect bouffant hair to stay intact.

noun

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A bouffant hairstyle.
More example sentences
  • The men sport meticulous buzzcuts or sculpted bouffants, while the women swell suggestively beneath their modest attire.
  • All of the women are luscious, in their bouffants and spit curls.
  • We hear her sing Lili Marlene, Boys in the Backroom and, of course, Falling in Love Again many times; her bouffants become a little scary, but her power is unabated.

Origin

early 19th century: from French, literally 'swelling', present participle of bouffer.

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