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[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
1840-1850
1840-50; < French pouffe pouf1
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British Dictionary definitions for poofter

poofter

/ˈpʊftə; ˈpuːf-/
noun (derogatory, slang)
1.
a man who is considered effeminate or homosexual
2.
(NZ) a contemptible person
Word Origin
C20: expanded form of 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 poofter

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 poofter

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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