Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman's hairstyle popular in the 18th century, characterized by high rolled puffs.
  • n. A part of a garment, such as a dress, that is gathered into a puff.
  • n. A rounded ottoman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ball of fabric (such as nylon monofilament netting) used for washing (as an alternative to a flannel, washcloth, sponge, etc.).
  • n. A small saddle cushion worn atop the buttocks (as a fashion trend – similar to a bustle).
  • n. Alternative form of puff.
  • n. Alternative form of poof.
  • interj. Onomatopoeia indicating a cloud of smoke or wind; caused by a deflating object, or a magical disappearance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A soft cushion, esp. one circular in shape and not, like a pillow, of bag form, or thin at the edges.
  • n. A piece of furniture like an ottoman, generally circular and affording cushion seats on all sides.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plaited piece of gauze worn in the hair, forming part of a head-dress of the second half of the eighteenth century; hence, a head-dress in which such pieces of gauze, and the like, were used, and to which were sometimes added very elaborate ornaments, as figures of men and animals, or even a ship or a windmill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. offensive term for an openly homosexual man
  • n. thick cushion used as a seat

Etymologies

French, from Old French, interjection used for a fall, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pouf, pouff, of imitative origin; compare puff. (Wiktionary)
Imitative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This delightful Drops pouf is a chair made of an inner tube covered with recycled upholstery material.

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  • In the 1980s, a French haute couturier named Christian Lacroix set the fashion world on fire with a curious invention called the pouf skirt.

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  • Weary travelers of the space-time continuum can rest on occasional furniture like a woolen ottoman called a pouf stool $590.

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  • Just the post I needed to see right now, as I'm thinking about making a couple 1950s dresses, and probably will need a crinoline under them to make them fully "pouf" out.

    Petticoats and Crinolines and Slips, Oh My! - A Dress A Day

  • They stood and watched the spade; it went in with a crunching sound; it came out slowly with a sort of "pouf," and a load of rich, black earth slid off it into the world of sunshine.

    The Extra Day

  • Holding the finished product in her hand for the first time, Snooki, 23, surveys her book's jacket, emblazoned with her famous "pouf" hairdo.

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  • I mean the "pouf" is, like, Jersey four or five years ago.

    StyleList

  • Note the victorian "pouf" in the space, just like the "pouf" in the Picasso show at the PMA!

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  • From her clever use of a TV storage cabinet as a bar (with the genius addition of the mirror) to her red "pouf" ottoman that plays the role of both coffee table and additional seating, Beth has learned that the most functional pieces in a small home are those with multiple functions.

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  • Snooki, "the diminutive, trash-talking 21-year-old's signature" pouf "has made her the queen of The Bachelorette."

    StyleList

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