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poof1

[poo f, poof] /pʊf, puf/
interjection
1.
(used to express or indicate a sudden disappearance):
Poof! The magician made the rabbit disappear.
2.
pooh1 (def 1).
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25

poof2

[poof, poo f] /puf, pʊf/
noun, British Slang.
1.
Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
2.
Offensive. an effeminate male.
Also, pooff, pouf, poove, poofter.
Origin
1840-50; < French pouffe pouf1
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Examples from the web for poof
  • Also one of our chickens got eaten by something, she was sitting on her nest and then, poof.
  • That's precisely the kind stuff you want to show off, while retaining the ability to make it go poof.
  • There is no poof-existence from the micro or quanta to the macro or universe.
  • Perry's campaign diminished into a poof of smoke with each gaffe or stiff answer.
  • Further poof is obtained by studying core level spectra.
  • And then all of a sudden, poof, it seems to be kind of back to a more stable situation.
British Dictionary definitions for poof

poof

/pʊf; puːf/
noun
1.
(Brit, derogatory, slang) a male homosexual
Derived Forms
poofy, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from French pouffe puff
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Word Origin and History for poof
n.

sound of a puff of breath or air, 1824, imitative.

"effeminate man, male homosexual," c.1850, perhaps a corruption of puff. The Australian extended form poofter is attested from 1910.

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Slang definitions & phrases for poof

poof

noun

(also poofter or poove or pouffe) A male homosexual; faggot, queer

[British 1850+, poofter fr Australian by 1903; origin unknown; perhaps fr puff, attested in mid-1800s British hobo slang as ''homosexual'']


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