[poo f, poof]


(used to express or indicate a sudden disappearance): Poof! The magician made the rabbit disappear.

Origin of poof

First recorded in 1815–25


[poof, poo f]

noun British Slang.

Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
Offensive. an effeminate male.
Also pooff, pouf, poove, poof·ter.

Origin of poof

1840–50; < French pouffe pouf1
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Examples from the Web for poof

Contemporary Examples of poof

Historical Examples of poof

  • But somewhere you will find a door and there will be three steps behind it, and poof!

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks

  • All these girls are too young, or too poof, or too pretty; for surely we must think of that top, my son.

    The Devil's Pool

    George Sand

  • "Poof to United States," said the little man, snapping his fingers.

  • He had volunteered this service and accomplish it he must, in face of all obstacles, or poof!

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath

  • Thinking of fresh yams and fruit, I pulled off the leaves, and there—poof!

    Tropic Days

    E. J. Banfield

British Dictionary definitions for poof




British derogatory, slang a male homosexual
Derived Formspoofy, adjective

Word Origin for poof

C20: from French pouffe puff
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Word Origin and History for poof

"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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