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Etymology 1[edit]

From bouffant.


boofy (comparative boofier, superlative boofiest)

  1. (Australia, colloquial) Of hair, puffy, or having extra volume, not necessarily desired; having such hair; see bouffant.
    My hair was so boofy this morning it took 10 minutes of brushing to get it looking decent.
    • 2004, Margaret Simons, Latham's World: The New Politics of the Outsiders[1], page 38:
      He appeared in person much as he did on television – big, boofy even when well groomed – like a version of Ginger Meggs grown up and gone into politics.
    • 2005, John Harms, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story[2], page 81:
      Steve trotted onto the field: a young footballer with a boofy, 1980s haircut.
    • 2010, James Dack, Stephen Dack, Larry Writer, Sunshine and Shadow: A Brothers' Story, unnumbered page,
      I'm smiling, my tie is askew, and I'm sporting a boofy big hairdo, like all the other kids in my class.

Etymology 2[edit]

Apparently from first element of boofhead + -y (adjectival suffix). First recorded 1990s.


boofy (comparative boofier, superlative boofiest)

  1. (Australia, colloquial) Brawny, overtly masculine and rather dim-witted.
    Dave, the big boofy builder, finally solved the mouse problem the big boofy bloke way: by crushing it unceremoniously under his boot.
    • 2006, Judy Hardy-Holden, Love in the Afternoon[3], page 58:
      My friend Sharn has a friend in her late 50s who is very keen to maintain sexual relations with her husband, a big boofy bloke, a mechanic by trade.
    • 2011, Dave Graney, 1001 Australian Nights: A Memoir[4], page 116:
      Suddenly the carriage was full of boofy schoolboys all excitedly chesting and punching each other and stretching their limbs as they tried to sit still.
    • 2011, John Sullivan, Firebug[5], page 72:
      She likes Doug Wright, believes behind the hard facade lives a warm, boofy bloke not unlike her Dave.
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