becoming puffed aside utilized mainly of hairstyle and often garments as a bouffant hairdo a bouffant skirt
- being puffed out; used of hairstyle or clothes
- a female's hairstyle where the tresses gives a puffy appearance
1869, from French bouffant, present participle of bouffer "to puff completely," from Old French bouffer (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *buffare, most likely ultimately imitative of puffing. As a noun by 1870. Earlier in the day as a French word in English. Initially utilized of hairdo design 1955.