/poof, poohf/, interj.
1. (used to express or indicate a sudden disappearance): Poof! The magician made the rabbit disappear.
2. pooh1 (def. 1).
/poohf, poof/, n. Brit. Slang (disparaging and offensive).
1. a male homosexual.
2. an effeminate male. Also pooff, pouf, poove.
[1840-50; < F pouffe POUF1]

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