Etymology
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bouffant (adj.)

1869, in dressmaking, "puffed out, bulging," from French bouffant, present participle of bouffer "to puff out," from Old French bouffer (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *buffare, probably ultimately imitative of puffing. As a noun by 1870. Earlier as a French word in English. Used of hairdo styles from 1955.

updated on October 22, 2022

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