\ ˈpüf How to pronounce poof (audio) , ˈpu̇f How to pronounce poof (audio) \

Definition of poof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to express disdain or dismissal or to suggest instantaneous occurrence

poof

noun
\ ˈpüv How to pronounce poof (audio) , ˈpu̇v How to pronounce poof (audio) \
variants: or less commonly poove
plural poofs also pooves

Definition of poof (Entry 2 of 2)

British, offensive
: a gay man used as a term of abuse and disparagement

First Known Use of poof

Interjection

1824, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poof

Noun

perhaps alteration of puff entry 2

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“Poof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poof. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of poof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

poof

noun

English Language Learners Definition of poof (Entry 2 of 2)

British, informal + offensive : a homosexual man

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