bouffant vs puffy what difference

what is difference between bouffant and puffy

English

Etymology

French bouffant, from Middle French; present participle of bouffer (to puff). Doublet of buffont.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbuːfɑ̃/
  • (US) enPR: bo͞o-fäntʹ, IPA(key): /buˈfɑːnt/ or enPR: bo͞oʹfänt, IPA(key): /ˈbufɑːnt/

Adjective

bouffant (comparative more bouffant, superlative most bouffant)

  1. Of hair or clothing, full-bodied or puffy; puffed out away from head or body.

Noun

bouffant (plural bouffants)

  1. A popular hairstyle in the mid-to-late 16th century, nowadays common with poodles.

See also

  • bouffant cap
  • bouffanty
  • buffont (buffant)

French

Pronunciation

Verb

bouffant

  1. present participle of bouffer


English

Etymology

From puff +‎ -y.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpʌfi/
  • Rhymes: -ʌfi

Adjective

puffy (comparative puffier, superlative puffiest)

  1. Swollen or inflated in shape, as if filled with air; pillow-like.
  2. Coming or exhaling in puffs.
  3. Speaking or writing in an exaggeratedly eloquent and self-important manner.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 20:
      There has been much puffy stuff written about whether Lyell’s uniformitarianism permitted variations in intensity of causes, or whether he applied his logic in a consistent way, and whether he assumed indefinite stretches of geological time.

Derived terms

  • foofy
  • poofy

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