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The 19 year-old singer -- wearing a black shirt and matching pants, his hair swooped up into a pompadour -- plucked out the soul-stirring tune's familiar groove on his acoustic guitar.
Hadn’t people seen him, dressed like a 1950s lounge act, complete with a pompadour?
An Elvis impersonator whose life is one big Heartbreak Hotel trades his pompadour for pumps and leaves everyone all shook up, in the local premiere of Matthew Lopez’s new comedy.
Whip up an updo on super-short hair by creating a pompadour, and then twist and pin your loose hairs haphazardly.
Mr. Kim was wearing a black Mao suit and horn-rimmed glasses and sporting his signature pompadour.
While members stayed true to their Elvis ensembles of varying eras (many favored the pompadour years), other guests showed off their best flower power ensembles of bell bottoms, tie-dye mini-skirts and dresses, peace sign pins or necklaces.
Dirty hair could hide in a pompadour, but a shorter do that hung free would reveal limp or stringy hair.
Avoid pompadours, and stick with scissor cuts on the sides.
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Did You Know?
The Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of the French King Louis XV, exerted much influence over French tastes in the mid-18th century. The Marquise continues to exert linguistic influence on English, and not only through the hairdos styled after her. Pompadour is also used (though now rarely) for a pink or crimson fabric and for a textile design of small printed or woven floral effects. It's also the name of a small South American bird that is bright reddish-purple with white wings.
Origin and Etymology of pompadour
First Known Use: 1872See Words from the same year
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