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put-on

[n. poo t-on, -awn; adj. poo t-on, -awn] /n. ˈpʊtˌɒn, -ˌɔn; adj. ˈpʊtˈɒn, -ˈɔn/
noun, Informal.
1.
an act or instance of putting someone on.
2.
a prank or pretense, especially one perpetrated or assumed in mock seriousness; hoax; spoof.
3.
affected manner or behavior; pretentiousness.
adjective
4.
assumed, feigned, pretended, or disguised:
a put-on manner that didn't fool anyone.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; adj., noun use of verb phrase put (someone) on
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Examples for put-on
  • And that's how people are listening to me, because they know it's not a put-on.
  • If not exactly a deliberate swindle, it is an endlessly repeated put-on, a shaggy-dog story without a punch line.
British Dictionary definitions for put-on

put on

verb (transitive, mainly adverb)
1.
to clothe oneself in to put on a coat
2.
(usually passive) to adopt (an attitude or feeling) insincerely his misery was just put on
3.
to present or stage (a play, show, etc)
4.
to increase or add she put on weight, the batsman put on fifty runs before lunch
5.
to cause (an electrical device) to function
6.
(also preposition) to wager (money) on a horse race, game, etc he put ten pounds on the favourite
7.
(also preposition) to impose as a burden or levy to put a tax on cars
8.
(cricket) to cause (a bowler) to bowl
9.
put someone on
  1. to connect (a person) by telephone
  2. (slang) to mock or tease
noun (slang, mainly US & Canadian)
10.
a hoax or piece of mockery
11.
an affected manner or mode of behaviour
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Slang definitions & phrases for put-on

put-on

adjective

Feigned; affected: his put-on machismo (1621+)

noun
  1. An act, remark, etc, intended to fool someone; a more or less amiable deception: a master of the ''put-on,'' a mildly cruel art/ They nudge us that what they're doing is just a ''put-on'' (1896+)
  2. (also put-on artist) A pretender; phony: to equate an original talent like Kenneth Anger with a put-on like Andy Warhol (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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