quiff n : a prominent forelock (especially one brushed upward from the forehead)
- Rhymes: -ɪf
- Hairstyle where the forelock is brushed and/or gelled upward.
- A promiscuous woman.
- To arrange the hair in such a manner.
The quiff is a hairstyle that combines the 1950s pompadour hairstyle, the 50s flattop, and sometimes a mohawk. The hairstyle was a staple in the British 'Teddy Boy' movement, but became popular again in Europe in the early 1980s with early psychobilly acts including The Meteors, Demented Are Go, and others. For a while, DJ and TV presenter Mark Lamarr was 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 which continues through today's more versatile and varied cultural style and fashion sensibilities. It was awoken from the dead due to the advent of the French crop, which is a modern version of the quiff.
The Japanese Punch perm, a favorite among Yakuza and Bōsōzoku (biker gang) members, bears a strong similarity to this hairstyle.
- Morrissey, British singer formerly of The Smiths, well-known for his trademark quiff
- Grease characters Danny Zuko and his fellow T-Birds
- Mark Kermode, film critic famed for his '50s style quiff
- Elvis Presley
- Brian Setzer of the group Stray Cats
- Joe Strummer of The Clash
- Tintin, classic comic book character
- Ace Ventura
- Ken Barlow, fictional character on the British soap opera Coronation Street, played by William Roache
- Martin Fry of ABC, famous for his unique quiff
- Mikey Way, bassist of My Chemical Romance
- Rob Schneider from Saturday Night Live
- Dom Joly, comedian
- Biff Tannen, Back to the Future
- Itamar Franco, former Brazilian president
- Conan O'Brien, of Late Night with Conan O'Brien
quiff in Spanish: Tupé
quiff in Romanian: Quiff