- (used to express or indicate a sudden disappearance): Poof! The magician made the rabbit disappear.
- pooh1(def 1).
Origin of poof1
- Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
- Offensive. an effeminate male.
Origin of poof2
Examples from the Web for poof
Contemporary Examples of poof
You believe that your body can make everything good; just one glimpse of your sculpted, toned beauty and—poof!Justin Bieber's Abs Cannot Save Him
September 10, 2014
The magic of landing my first role on Broadway went “poof” in a matter of a few weeks.Uzo Aduba: My Road to ‘Orange Is the New Black’
August 4, 2014
Someone wins an election and, poof, they are a candidate for vice president.Scott Walker May Be the GOP’s New Darling, but There’s No Way He’ll Be on Romney’s Ticket
June 7, 2012
And poof, the horrifying details of violent forced sex disappear.A Bleak Day for Rape Victims
August 23, 2011
Exogenously higher income"—that is, wealth that comes, poof, out of the blue—"produces unhealthy living.Lotto Death Curse
February 19, 2010
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
"Poof to United States," said the little man, snapping his fingers.A Voyage with Captain Dynamite
Charles Edward Rich
He had volunteered this service and accomplish it he must, in face of all obstacles, or poof!The Carpet from Bagdad
Thinking of fresh yams and fruit, I pulled off the leaves, and there—poof!Tropic Days
E. J. Banfield
- British derogatory, slang a male homosexual
Word Origin for poof
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.