- 1Used to describe a sudden disappearance: once you’ve used it, poof—it’s goneMore 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.
- 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.
(also pouf or poove)
nounBritish • informal , • derogatory
Pronunciation: /ˈpʊfi/adjective (poofier, poofiest)
mid 19th century: perhaps an alteration of the archaic noun puff in the sense 'braggart'.