quiff 1[kwif] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural quiff, quiffs. Slang.
- a woman, especially one who is promiscuous.
Origin of quiff 1First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain quiff 2[kwif] noun British.
- a lock or curl of hair brought forward over the forehead.
Origin of quiff 2First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain Examples from the Web for quiff Historical Examples of quiff
Well, our colonel says the “quiff” is “unsoldierly” and “disfiguring,” and we ‘ave got to bloomin’ well lop it orf, no hank.
British Dictionary definitions for quiff quiff noun
- British a prominent tuft of hair, esp one brushed up above the forehead
Word Origin for quiff C19: of unknown origin Word Origin and History for quiff n.
“curl or lock of hair over the forehead,” 1890, originally a style among soldiers, of unknown origin. Perhaps connected with quiff “a puff or whiff of tobacco smoke” (1831, originally Southern U.S.), held to be a variant of whiff (n.).