Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Word of the day: quiff

The word of the day is quiff:

a lock or curl of hair brought forward over the forehead.

"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.). (

"Zadak is a youthful forty-three, with a sharp quiff and an unlined face, and was a comedy nerd before he became a comedy manager: hanging around the Second City Chicago, moving to L.A. to study screenwriting, hoping to be an improv guy himself."

- Zadie Smith, "Brother from another mother: Key and Peele's chameleon comedy", 23 February and 2 March 2015 The New Yorker (

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