Definitions

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

  • n. Chiefly British A tuft of hair, especially a forelock.
  • n. A woman regarded as promiscuous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A puff or whiff, especially of tobacco smoke.

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

  • n. a prominent forelock (especially one brushed upward from the forehead)

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant form of whiff. (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of coif. (Wiktionary)
Probably variant of coif ("vulva"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He wore his cap at the back of his head, so as to exhibit to an admiring world a carefully - cultured curl of the "quiff" variety, which was plastered across his forehead with a great expenditure of grease.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, March 3rd, 1920

  • This was, indeed, the Gunner Barling he used to know, with his smooth-shaven chin and neat brown moustache waxed at the ends and characteristic "quiff" decorating his brow.

    Okewood of the Secret Service

  • If you're talking about his hair, I think you mean "quiff".

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • Years ago, when young men started to sport the "quiff" hairstyle that Tintin is so famous for

    Canuck Attitude

  • The dozy ponce wants women-only shortlists, doesn't have a word to say about immigration, has got more 'quiff' than Blair and not one solitary noteworthy policy but a gazzillion soundbites.

    Army Rumour Service

  • There's something about his cheesy little face, wiggly worm dance and head-to-toe stonewashed outfit complete with mega-quiff which is warming, in the same way as a chicken kiev can be.

    Telegraph Blogs

  • "When you've got that 'quiff' of yours all fussed up, and those new 'square-pushin' 'dress-pants on you're some' hot dog. '...

    The Luck of the Mounted A Tale of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police

  • There are sharp suits for the boys, a bluish-bleached quiff for Ronson and, for the girls, the 80s dressing-up box.

    Mark Ronson and the Business Intl

  • When I started upper school at 11, I used to do my hair up in a big quiff and lots of backcombing – it wasn't really in fashion, but I just started doing it.

    How to dress your age

  • Tweed suits, bow tie, a quiff – diffident young actor Matt Smith is the youngest ever Doctor.

    Planet-x.com.au » 76 TOTTERS LANE: Dr Who: Matt Smith interview

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