\ ˈkwif How to pronounce quiff (audio) \

Definition of quiff

: a prominent forelock

Examples of quiff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Douglas is 40, with a quiff of reddish-brown hair and his father’s distinctively narrow facial features. New York Times, "The Life of Cameron Douglas, From Privilege to Prison and Back," 19 Oct. 2019 This week grooming rebels stole the mic, showing off big quiffs, body hair, weird colors, and more. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "The Best Men's Grooming Moves of the Week," 1 Oct. 2017 There were the one-off statements, such as brows painted a deep fuchsia to pop against flicks of lemon yellow eyeliner, braids intricately woven with different shades of neon yarn, and perm-style ringlets fashioned into a retro quiff. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "31 Scene-Stealing Beauty Looks From Tokyo Fashion Week," 23 Oct. 2017 Ken, a former icon of bland, unrealistic masculinity for children everywhere, now comes in seven skin tones, three body types, eight hair colors, and nine hairstyles (including cornrows, fade, shaggy dog, quiff and buzz cut). Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Ken’s New Look(s), Deconstructed," 21 June 2017 Benioff, who wears his hair in a Morrissey quiff, is the more sardonic one. TIME.com, "Game of Thrones: How They Make the World’s Most Popular Show," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of quiff

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Quiff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiff. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quiff

British : hair at the front of a person's head that is brushed upward

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