Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to indicate a sudden vanishing.
  • noun Used as a disparaging term for an effeminate man, especially an effeminate gay man.

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  • interjection Onomatopoeia indicating a cloud of smoke or wind; caused by a deflating object, or a magical disappearance.
  • noun UK, derogatory, colloquial A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
  • noun The product of flatulence, or the sound of breaking wind.
  • verb To vanish or disappear.
  • verb To break wind; to fart.

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  • noun offensive term for an openly homosexual man

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably alteration of puff, braggart, gay man, from puff (influenced by poof).]

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Onomatopoeic.

Examples

  • The burden of poof is on those who would deny of commonsense ie hardwired position.

    Alternative to Dembski's Theodicy?

  • In the UK we’d call it a puff of smoke, a poof is a story altogether. scar

    HALF • by Fred Warren

  • Reminds me of the hippie releasing the white 'dove of peace' in MARS ATTACKS which really and truly goes "poof" - more like "sizzlepoof."

    VARIANTS: REVISITING A TERRIBLE ENDING

  • And "poof" - he's still a toad - no matter how many times Billo kisses him.

    Think Progress

  • And "poof" - he's still a toad - no matter how many times Billo kisses him.

    Think Progress

  • Had there not been that glitch -- and I really don't like using the word "glitch" because that was your money going "poof" -- the Dow would have dropped 400 points, not 900.

    Stocks close strongly, three major indexes return to positive for 2010

  • It's good before a meal, after a meal, when drunk, when taking drugs, while playing football and after being called a poof in the street.

    Life on a Plate: Noel Fielding

  • Madison aside, our midge presidents have not served us well: Van Buren was an entitled poof, Benjamin Harrison a craven seat-warmer, and even feisty Harry S. Truman bungled our entry into what was euphemistically called “the Korean conflict,” conspiring to get me into uniform precisely when I was in my sexual prime.

    Coaster Endorses Obama, Sort of: Edwin Coaster

  • But police never believed him and, specifically, they pointed to this thing called poof dirt, which is the thing in the desert, which is dust.

    CNN Transcript Sep 28, 2007

  • But it all started here during the presidency of Ulysses Grant, the president who was known to imbibe, would sit on a sofa right here -- it was a round rose-colored sofa called a poof, in case you're wondering -- that they only removed last year.

    CNN Transcript Jan 18, 2006

Comments

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  • Brilliantly, WordNet doesn't append its definition to this one; instead, it appears in pooves (!!)

    October 26, 2008

  • According to WordNet, the singular is poove.

    March 21, 2009

  • For that matter, hoof, hooves and hoove (not as common, but actually a word: 'a disease of cattle', says the O.E.D.) are all missing WordNet definitions. Since I can find hoof on http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn this may be a glitch in Wordie's implementation. Or some gremlin with a grudge against -oof words.

    March 21, 2009

  • Is this poof as in "Poof--he disappeared," or something else?

    July 19, 2009