1Used to describe a sudden disappearance: once you’ve used it, poof—it’s gone
More example sentences
- 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.
Early 19th century: symbolic.
(also pouf or poove)
nounBritish informal, offensive
An effeminate or homosexual man.
- 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.
- 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?’
Pronunciation: /ˈpʊfi/ /ˈpuːfi/adjective (poofier, poofiest)
Mid 19th century: perhaps an alteration of the archaic noun puff in the sense 'braggart'.
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