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[poh-zur; French paw-zœr] /poʊˈzɜr; French pɔˈzœr/
noun, plural poseurs
[poh-zurz; French paw-zœr] /poʊˈzɜrz; French pɔˈzœr/ (Show IPA)
a person who attempts to impress others by assuming or affecting a manner, degree of elegance, sentiment, etc., other than his or her true one.
Origin of poseur
1880-85; < French; see pose1, -eur Unabridged
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Examples from the web for poseur
  • Y'all applied to the individual is a sign of a southern poseur.
  • He sees it as the mark of a poseur struggling to be geek chic cool by jacking into the jargon of the hacker subculture.
  • But if history is repeating itself, it is as a footnote-the revolutionary as poseur.
  • The only leadership this guy has exercised has been that of poseur spirituality.
  • In any case, she's sure that he's a poseur and an opportunist, disguising his self-seeking with a veneer of piety.
  • Faking it is obviously common but also the easily detected sign of being a poseur.
  • Her two best friends have gone poseur-punk and are both flirting with her longtime crush.
  • He compensated for his shyness by becoming something of a poseur, a show-off.
British Dictionary definitions for poseur


a person who strikes an attitude or assumes a pose in order to impress others
Word Origin
C19: from French, from poser to pose1
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Word Origin and History for poseur

"one who practices affected attitudes," 1866, from French poseur, from verb poser "affect an attitude or pose," from Old French poser "to put, place, set" (see pose (v.1)). The word is English poser in French garb, and thus could itself be considered an affectation.

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