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poof2

[poof, poo f]
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noun British Slang.
  1. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
  2. Offensive. an effeminate male.
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Also pooff, pouf, poove, poof·ter.

Origin of poof2

1840–50; < French pouffe pouf1
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British Dictionary definitions for poofter

poofter

noun derogatory, slang
  1. a man who is considered effeminate or homosexual
  2. NZ a contemptible person
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Word Origin

C20: expanded form of poof

poof

poove

noun
  1. British derogatory, slang a male homosexual
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Derived Formspoofy, adjective

Word Origin

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

poof

n.2

"effeminate man, male homosexual," c.1850, perhaps a corruption of puff. The Australian extended form poofter is attested from 1910.

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poof

n.1

sound of a puff of breath or air, 1824, imitative.

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