pooff

poof

2 [poof, poof]
noun British, Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a male homosexual.
2.
an effeminate male.
Also, pooff, pouf, poove.


Origin:
1840–50; < French pouffe pouf1

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poof or poove (pʊf, puːf)
 
n
derogatory, slang (Brit) a male homosexual
 
[C20: from French pouffe puff]
 
poove or poove
 
n
 
[C20: from French pouffe puff]
 
'poofy or poove
 
adj

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