\ ˈpüf How to pronounce pouf (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pouffe

Definition of pouf

2 : a bouffant or fluffy part of a garment or accessory
3 : ottoman

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Other Words from pouf

poufed or pouffed \ ˈpüft How to pronounce pouffed (audio) \ adjective

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There’s a certain alchemy to fashion design, a magic in the way a two-dimensional sketch becomes a pouf of teal brocade on the runway. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "From Sketch to Dress: How Erdem Revived an Italian Principessa in Custom Fil Coupé," 26 Feb. 2019 This time around, the line has a lot of items for a cozy family room, like a plaid pouf, but focuses heavily on bathroom accessories too. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Alert: Joanna Gaines Just Dropped New Items At Target," 5 Aug. 2018 The Washington who slays red carpets and spent seven seasons proving that the color white was created for her makes way for off-duty Washington in a visor, a pouf of curls adding a few inches to her doll-like stature. Janet Mock, Marie Claire, "Kerry Washington's Next Act," 8 Oct. 2018 Don't forget a pouf like this wool iteration from World Market. Sarah Storms, ELLE Decor, "How To Host a Modern Moroccan-Themed Party," 22 May 2018 Each of the bottles thus far have been shaped like an angular sphere, featuring a traditional perfume pouf. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ariana Grande Announces Brand-New Fragrance One Day After Engagement News," 12 June 2018 Here's how to replicate her style from pouf to pout. Southern Living, "Dolly Parton on Dyeing Your Hair Blonde," 1 June 2018 Soft velvet and a gold base make this pleated pouf feel luxe and glam. Emily Heller, Curbed, "10 delightful ottomans under $200," 3 May 2018 In the living room, which Johnson says is her favorite room in the house, the Darbuka brass coffee table, Icelandic sheepskin throw, braided hemp jute pouf, valet jute rug, Uno 2-piece sectional sofa, and Tesso bronze bookcases are by CB2. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, "Before + After: A Spanish-Style Home Is Reimagined In True L.A. Fashion," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of pouf

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pouf

French pouf, something inflated, of imitative origin

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The first known use of pouf was in 1817

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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