AskDefine | Define quiff

Dictionary Definition

quiff n : a prominent forelock (especially one brushed upward from the forehead)

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Hairstyle where the forelock is brushed and/or gelled upward.
  2. A promiscuous woman.


  1. To arrange the hair in such a manner.

Extensive Definition

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.

Notable quiffs

quiff in Spanish: Tupé
quiff in Romanian: Quiff
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