pouf

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French pouf, pouff, of imitative origin; compare puff.

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Noun[edit]

pouf ‎(plural poufs)

  1. (historical) A headdress for women popular in 18th century France. [from 18th c.]
  2. A high hair style for women consisting of a roll or pad of hair, worn up. [from 19th c.]
    • 2009 February 10, Katie Thomas, “The Poodle Can’t Talk Now; She’s in With Her Stylist”[1], New York Times:
      Hosaka, nearly everyone agrees, is a master of detail, an artist who tends his poodles’ poufs as if they were bonsai trees from his native Japan.
  3. (dressmaking) Part of an item of clothing consisting of gathered fabric in a bunch. [from 19th c.]
  4. A low cushioned seat with no back; a padded footstool. [from 19th c.]
    • 1922, H.D., Asphodel:
      The voice came from the end of the divan but Hermione, seated square before the fire on a low pouffe did not turn to face its suave producer.
    • 1948, John Creasey, The Case Against Paul Raeburn:
      Raeburn's handsome head was resting against the back of his chair; Eve sat on a pouf in front of the fire.
    • 1971, ‘Slaughter at the Summer Palace’, Time, 26 Aug 1971:
      Italian Ambassador Amedeo Guillet, who makes it a practice never to eat at midday, lounged on a Moroccan pouf reading The Peter Principle.
  5. A short skirt gathered into a rounded puffy shape; a puffball. [from 20th c.]
  6. A ball of fabric (such as nylon monofilament netting) used for washing (as an alternative to a flannel, washcloth, sponge, etc.).
  7. (dated) A small saddle cushion worn atop the buttocks (as a fashion trend – similar to a bustle).
  8. Alternative form of puff
  9. Alternative form of poof
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Etymology 2[edit]

Imitative.

Alternative forms[edit]

poof

Interjection[edit]

pouf

  1. Onomatopoeia indicating a cloud of smoke or wind; caused by a deflating object, or a magical disappearance.
    Pouf, he was gone.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pouf m ‎(plural poufs)

  1. pouffe (thick cushion)

Interjection[edit]

pouf

  1. poof (onomatopoeia)

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