One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person’s hair) styled so as to stand out from the head in a rounded shape; bouffant.‘people with gigantic poofy hair and jean jackets’
2(of clothing) puffed out.‘I'd never go for a poofy dress; it's not my style’
1930s: from pouf + -y, probably influenced by puffy.
Characteristic of or like a homosexual or effeminate man.
1960s: from poof.
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