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bouffy

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Pronunciation: /ˈbuːfi/
(Australian also boofy)

Definition of bouffy in English:

adjective (bouffier, bouffiest)

informal
1(Of a person’s hair) standing out from the head in a rounded shape: a middle-aged woman with a slightly bouffy bob nowadays teenage surfer boys are all sporting boofy hair-dos
More example sentences
  • Still, it was a delicious meal, sitting there in the drizzle with really boofy hair, not quite believing we were up so high on the globe.
  • Unremarkably, as a small child my mother's haircut-de-jour for my boofy quiff was the flat top.
  • I asked for a short sharp bob and ended up looking like a caricature of an anime doll with a boofy 50's bob.
2(Of clothing) puffed out: she wore big boofy skirts and big hair and big accessories
More example sentences
  • When I was in my twenties, I imagined having the whole fairytale church wedding with a huge boofy dress.
  • Avoid bouffy 1950s prom dresses, 1940s tea dresses and fussy details such as ruffles.
  • The dresses were big bouffy tulle shapes, like huge belted tea-roses.

Origin

1960s: from bouffant + -y1.

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