adjective Etymology: French, from Middle French, from present participle of bouffer to puff Date: 1832 puffed out <
bouffant hairdos
a bouffant veil

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  • bouffant — bouffant, ante [ bufɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • XVe; de bouffer ♦ Qui bouffe. ⇒ froncé, gonflé. Un pantalon bouffant. Manches bouffantes. ⇒ 1. ballon. Subst. Donner du bouffant avec des fronces. ⊗ CONTR. Collant, 1. plat. ● bouffant nom masculin Effet d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • bouffant — bouffant, ante (bou fan, fan t ) adj. 1°   Qui bouffe, qui paraît gonflé. Étoffe, garniture bouffante. •   Ces deux têtes charmantes, renfermées sous ce jupon bouffant, me rappelèrent les enfants de Léda, BERN. DE ST P. Paul et Virg..… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • bouffant — ouffant adj. being puffed out; used mostly of hair style, and sometimes clothing; as, a bouffant hairdo; a bouffant skirt. Syn: puffy. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bouffant — 1880, from Fr. bouffant, prp. of bouffer to puff out, from O.Fr. bouffer (12c.), from V.L. *buffare, probably ultimately imitative of puffing. First used of hairdo style 1955 …   Etymology dictionary

  • bouffant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of hair) styled so as to stand out from the head in a rounded shape. ► NOUN ▪ a bouffant hairstyle. ORIGIN French, swelling …   English terms dictionary

  • bouffant — BOUFFANT, ANTE. adject. Qui bouffe, qui paroît gonflé. Il ne se dit guère qu en parlant Des étoffes qui ont assez de consistance pour ne pas s aplatir, et qui se soutiennent d ellesmêmes. Une étoffe bouffante. Une garniture bouffante …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • bouffant — Bouffant, [bouff]ante, Qui bouffe. Cette estoffe, cette toile est bien bouffante …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • bouffant — [bo͞o fänt′] adj. [Fr, prp. of bouffer, to puff out; akin to It buffare, to blow with puffed cheeks, of echoic orig.] puffed out; full, as some skirts, hair styles, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Bouffant — A bouffant (pronEng|buːˈfɑːnt) is a type of hairstyle characterized by hair piled high on the head and hanging down on the sides. It was a mainstream hairstyle in the mid to late 17th century in western Europe. It was thought to be created for… …   Wikipedia

  • bouffant — [[t]bu͟ːfɒn, AM buːfɑ͟ːnt[/t]] bouffants ADJ: usu ADJ n A bouffant hairstyle is one in which your hair is high and full. ...blonde bouffant hairdos …   English dictionary

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