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poof 1

Syllabification: poof
Pronunciation: /po͝of/
(also pouf)


1Used to convey the suddenness with which someone or something disappears: once you’ve used it, poof—it’s gone
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  • Sachi and I were still arguing about completely pointless things like what it means to fall head over heels in love, when all of the sudden, poof!
  • It is said that when a neighbor accidentally killed Gotti's young son when he struck the poor kid with his car, that the neighbor subsequently disappeared, poof!
  • Within half an hour, the persistent pain in my right hip joint just disappeared - poof! - and has yet to return.
2Used to express contemptuous dismissal: “Oh, poof!” said Will. “You say that every year.”
More example sentences
  • Oh poof - you're no fun anymore.
  • Oh, poof! You do not understand a little soldierly enthusiasm.


Early 19th century: symbolic.

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poof 2 Syllabification: poof
(also pouf or poove)


British informal, offensive
An effeminate or homosexual man.
Example sentences
  • A couple of nights ago I had Roy complaining that there were too many poofs and lesbians about.
  • The show was a sell-out and we estimated the audience was about 50% gay - split roughly 50/50 poofs and dykes.
  • It's a relief for big poofs like me to have straight-guy friends because there isn't a sense that you're after the same thing, and our time together lets me take a break from poofery.


Pronunciation: /ˈpo͞ofē/
Example sentences
  • I guess I just think of Lubin as more of a homo and the rest as more poofy.
  • King Herod and his friends are shown as either fallen, drunken sluts or the personification of poofy campness.
  • A feature in The Guardian on 24 January was headlined ‘‘Surely this is a bit poofy?’


Mid 19th century: perhaps an alteration of the archaic noun puff in the sense 'braggart'.

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