Definitionpoof / poufta(h) / pouffe / poove , a male homosexual. Chiefly British and Australian usage.
ETYMOLOGY: C19 th term for a would-be actor; derived from the French pouffe meaning puff.
QUOTE: British gay character reading 'Queer America' in Love! Valor! Compassion! (2000): ' I must say, for a young country, you've turned out almost as many poofters in two and a half centuries as we have in twenty.'
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