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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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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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