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.
(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'']