[poof, poo f]
- Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
- Offensive. an effeminate male.
Origin of poof2
1840–50; < French pouffe pouf1
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- a man who is considered effeminate or homosexual
- NZ a contemptible person
C20: expanded form of poof
- British derogatory, slang a male homosexual
C20: from French pouffe puff
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Word Origin and History for poofter
"effeminate man, male homosexual," c.1850, perhaps a corruption of puff. The Australian extended form poofter is attested from 1910.
sound of a puff of breath or air, 1824, imitative.
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