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Used to indicate a sudden vanishing: The magician waved a wand, and poof! The birds disappeared!
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).]
poof(pʊf; puːf) or
slang offensive Brit a male homosexual
[C20: from French pouffe puff]
1. (used to indicate a sudden disappearance): Poof! The rabbit disappeared.
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]