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poof 1

Used to indicate a sudden vanishing: The magician waved a wand, and poof! The birds disappeared!


poof 2

n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for an effeminate man, especially an effeminate gay man.

[Probably alteration of puff, braggart, gay man, from puff (influenced by poof).]


(pʊf; puːf) or


slang offensive Brit a male homosexual
[C20: from French pouffe puff]
ˈpoofy adj


(pʊf, puf)

1. (used to indicate a sudden disappearance): Poof! The rabbit disappeared.


(puf, pʊf)

usage: This term is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting.
Brit. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. n.
1. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.)
2. (a contemptuous term used to refer to an effeminate male.)
[1840–50; < French pouffe pouf]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poof - offensive term for an openly homosexual manpoof - offensive term for an openly homosexual man
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
gay man, shirtlifter - a homosexual man


[pʊf] N (Brit) (pej) → maricón m


pouf [ˈpʊf]
n (British)pédé m


n (dated Brit pej inf) → Warme(r) m (dated inf), → Schwule(r) m (inf)


[pʊf] n (Brit) (offensive) → finocchio
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