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quiff (n.)

"curl or lock of hair over the forehead," by 1890, originally a style among soldiers, a word of unknown origin. Perhaps connected with quiff "a puff or whiff of tobacco smoke" (1831, originally Southern U.S.), which is held to be a variant of whiff (n.).

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Definitions of quiff from WordNet

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