The words pouf, pouffe, poof sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do pouf, pouffe, poof sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: pouf, pouffe, poof are homophones of the English language.
Used to indicate a sudden vanishing: The magician waved a wand, and poof! The birds disappeared!
Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for an effeminate or homosexual male.
A woman's hairstyle popular in the 18th century, characterized by high rolled puffs.
A part of a garment, such as a dress, that is gathered into a puff.
A rounded ottoman.
Alternative form of pouf.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.