pretentious

[pri-ten-shuhs]
adjective
1.
characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or undeserved: a pretentious, self-important waiter.
2.
making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious.
3.
full of pretense or pretension.

Origin:
1835–45; earlier pretensious. See pretense, -ious

pretentiously, adverb
pretentiousness, noun

portentous, pretentious.


2. pompous. See bombastic. 3. showy. See grandiose.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To pretentious
Collins
World English Dictionary
pretentious (prɪˈtɛnʃəs)
 
adj
1.  making claim to distinction or importance, esp undeservedly
2.  having or creating a deceptive outer appearance of great worth; ostentatious
 
pre'tentiously
 
adv
 
pre'tentiousness
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

pretentious
1845, from Fr. prétentieux (17c.), from prétention "pretension," from M.L. pretentionem (nom. pretentio) "pretension," from L.L. prætensus "pretend" (see pretense).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
But with its pretentious aura, it doesn't have any idea how ludicrous it is.
But consider the pretentious piece of tripe in which he is, let us say with
  kindness, currently trapped.
At 18, Eleanor is overly instructive, with a pretentious manner of speaking.
None of the staffers who helped me was pretentious or pushy.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;