The quiff is a
hairstylethat combines the 1950s pompadour hairstyle, the 50s flattop, and sometimes a mohawk. The etymology of the word is uncertain but may derive from the French word "coiffe" which can mean either a hairstyle or, going further back, the mail knights wore over their heads and under their helmets. The hairstyle was a staple in the British ' Teddy Boy' movement, but became popular again in Europe in the early 1980s with early psychobillyacts including The Meteors, Demented Are Go, and others. For a while, DJ and TV presenter Mark Lamarrwas a famous proponent of the quiff.
The hairstyle, although prominent in the 80s, faded into obscurity except among ardent 80s culture fans. The quiff saw a revival in the late 90s, due to the advent of the
French crop, a modern version of the quiff, and continues through today.
Punch perm, a favorite among Yakuzaand Bōsōzoku(biker gang) members, bears a strong similarity to this hairstyle.
Elvis Presley, music icon
Morrissey, British singer formerly of The Smiths, well-known for his trademark quiff
Mark Kermode, film critic famed for his '50s style quiff
Brian Setzerof the group Stray Cats
Joe Strummerof The Clash
*Tintin, classic comic book character
Ken Barlow, fictional character on the British soap opera Coronation Street, played by William Roache
Martin Fryof ABC, famous for his unique quiff
Mikey Way, bassist of My Chemical Romance
Rob Schneiderfrom " Saturday Night Live"
Dom Joly, comedian
Biff Tannen, " Back to the Future"
Itamar Franco, former Brazilian president
Greg William Foster, McCain sponger and dedicated follower of fashion.
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quiff — 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 (q.v.) … Etymology dictionary
quiff — [kwıf] n BrE a part of a man s hair style where the hair stands up at the front above his forehead … Dictionary of contemporary English
quiff — [ kwıf ] noun count BRITISH the front part of a man s hair shaped so that it is higher than the rest … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
quiff — ► NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ a tuft of hair, brushed upwards and backwards from a man s forehead. ORIGIN of unknown origin … English terms dictionary
quiff — ☆ quiff quiff1 [kwif] n. [< ?] [Chiefly Brit.] a lock or tuft of hair; esp., a forelock quiff2 [kwif] n. [orig. Brit navy slang < ? ] [Vulgar Slang] a sexually promiscuous woman … English World dictionary
quiff — n 1. British a pompadour hairstyle, kiss curl or backcombed fringe. The quiff was fashionable with teddy boys and rockers among others. 2. British a male homosexual or effemi nate male. The usage is probably influ enced by the words queer and… … Contemporary slang
quiff — [[t]kwɪ̱f[/t]] quiffs N COUNT If a man has a quiff, his hair has been combed upwards and backwards from his forehead. [mainly BRIT] I attempted a classic rock and roll quiff … English dictionary
quiff — UK [kwɪf] / US noun [countable] Word forms quiff : singular quiff plural quiffs British the front part of a man s hair shaped so that it is higher than the rest … English dictionary
quiff — quiff1 /kwif/, n., pl. quiff, quiffs. Slang. a woman, esp. one who is promiscuous. [1920 25; orig. uncert.] quiff2 /kwif/, n. Brit. a lock or curl of hair brought forward over the forehead. [1885 90; orig. uncert.] * * * … Universalium
quiff — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1890 British a prominent forelock … New Collegiate Dictionary