: puffed out
bouffant hairdos
a bouffant veil

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In her spot-on impersonation, Jenner wore a few of Elvira's signature looks, down to her bouffant black hair. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2022 Palin’s old-fashioned semi-bouffant only added to this motherly effect. Victoria Bekiempis, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2022 With his piano-pounding performances, wild vocals, bouffant hair and makeup, Little Richard burst onto the musical scene in the 1950s and shook up the stuffed shirts with a string of his hit songs that got both black and white people dancing. NBC News, 9 May 2020 His colleagues are dressed in blue hospital scrubs, bouffant caps, isolation gowns made of a yellow, paper-like tissue, and nitrile gloves, their faces obscured by N95 respirators and clear plastic face-shields reflecting harsh fluorescent light. Elliott Woods, Wired, 3 May 2020 The birthday girl also exuded ’90s vibes with her voluminous bouffant hairstyle and smoky black eye makeup. Helen Murphy,, 7 Sep. 2019 Apparently, a white silk jumpsuit by Ukranian label BEVZA, complete with a bouffant veil. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 May 2019 While the plot delves into deeper issues of addiction, depression and drama, the wardrobe of the leading ladies features a pastel palette, mini skirts, '60s bouffant hair and baby doll dresses. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Jan. 2015 Meet Baby Chanco, a seventh-month-old infant who is entering social media fame, thanks to her bouffant-level hair. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, 25 July 2018 See More

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Word History


French, from Middle French, from present participle of bouffer to puff

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bouffant was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Bouffant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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