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

  • interj. Used to indicate a sudden vanishing: The magician waved a wand, and poof! The birds disappeared!
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for an effeminate or homosexual male.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. offensive term for an openly homosexual man


Probably alteration of puff, braggart, homosexual man, from puff (influenced by poof1).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoeic. (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

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

    July 19, 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 this may be a glitch in Wordie's implementation. Or some gremlin with a grudge against -oof words.

    March 21, 2009

  • According to WordNet, the singular is poove.

    March 21, 2009

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

    October 26, 2008