Definition of bouffant in English:


Syllabification: bouf·fant
Pronunciation: /bo͞oˈfänt


  • (Of a person’s hair) styled so as to puff out in a rounded shape: a blonde lady with bouffant hair
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    • 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.


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  • A bouffant hairstyle.
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    • 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.


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

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