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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).]
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(pʊf; puːf) or


slang offensive Brit a male homosexual
[C20: from French pouffe puff]
ˈpoofy adj
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(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]
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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
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[pʊf] N (Brit) (pej) → maricón m
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pouf [ˈpʊf]
n (British)pédé m
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n (dated Brit pej inf) → Warme(r) m (dated inf), → Schwule(r) m (inf)
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[pʊf] n (Brit) (offensive) → finocchio
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References in classic literature ?
Amalia Ivanovna at once declared that her "/Vater aus Berlin/ was a very, very important man, and both hands in pockets went, and always used to say: 'Poof! poof!'" and she leapt up from the table to represent her father, sticking her hands in her pockets, puffing her cheeks, and uttering vague sounds resembling "poof!
I don't like my boss here and I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.' Poof! She's gone.
"First, I want one billion dollars." Poof! There's a flash, and a paper with a Swiss bank account number appears in Johnny's hand.
It is hard to reach a compromise in this fragile situation having in mind the published poof of the opposition.
So when her short story, "Poof!," about an artist who creates self-destructing art, was published on January 5 by Driftwood Press, it received a lot of buzz from artists and art aficionados.
And as I poof poof my ozone friendly can I look at my user friendly computer and my comrade in arms music system and emotion overwhelms me again.
Shrinky Dinks joins a growing collection at Alex Brands of Made in USA products including Poof foam balls and many Slinky products.
Manager John Morgan, 67, was filmed calling charity worker Mark Tilbrook "a poof " and threatening "we know who your friends are one day you're going to be lifted and you'll disappear".
If you and your students have not made "Poof!" pots, you really need to try it!
South Miami, FL, September 24, 2014 --(PR.com)-- An innovative new product designed to effectively address a common sanitary issue, the Poof, has been developed by Maritza Torres of Bronx, New York.