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poof

play
interjection \ˈpüf, ˈpu̇f\

Simple Definition of poof

  • —used to say that something has happened suddenly or that someone or something has disappeared

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of poof

  1. —used to express disdain or dismissal or to suggest instantaneous occurrence

1824

First Known Use of poof

1824

Rhymes with poof


2

poof

noun, \ˈpüv, ˈpu̇v\

Definition of poof

plural poofs also pooves

British usually disparaging

  1. :  a male homosexual



Variants of poof

also poove play \ˈpüv, ˈpu̇v\

Origin of poof

perhaps alteration of 2puff


First Known Use: circa 1860


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