poseur

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n poseur a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Poseur A person who poses or attitudizes, esp. mentally.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n poseur One who poses, or takes an attitude, physical or mental, which is assumed for effect; one who attitudinizes.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

I suspect him of being a good deal of a poseur and a fakir.
"The Conflict" by David Graham Phillips
This fact fixes Mr. Wells's honesty and proves him to be no poseur.
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
She is the only really strange figure (if we exclude Olaf) in this group of poseurs.
"The Yellow Claw" by Sax Rohmer
And he had an instinctive reliance on her fellow poseur's ability to detect it.
"Susy, A Story of the Plains" by Bret Harte
It served this one-armed, conceited American poseur right.
"Tales of Trail and Town" by Bret Harte
I cannot help feeling that the man was a poseur, and that his affectations were the result of living in a small and admiring coterie.
"The Upton Letters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
It was not the voice of Charley Steele the fop, the poseur, the idlest man in the world.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Poseurs have said that nature is garish or exaggerated more often than not; but it is a libel.
"You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter" by Gilbert Parker
He is a religious actor and a poseur.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
Yes, she understood that Kitty had behaved like a little goose with that poseur Cliffe.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
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In news:

These are not the words of an angst-addled teenager, lashing out at poseurs and copycats.
Hondo turned in a so-so 7-7-1 record in the Bettor's Guide compulsories last week, but surged into Best Bet contention with a superb 3-0 mark that has him only a game behind the pair of poseurs.
If black-metal band Liturgy is really the bunch of poseurs that its detractors claim, it's hard to imagine what those critics consider real metal.
Fashion's Biggest Poseur Fashion is no longer about being the most fabulous person in the room.
In the Bending Elbows column of June 3, under the headline "At the St James Theater, Springtime for Poseurs," the writer and photographer committed an egregious offense against a good friend of mine.
Variety vs varietal , Pedants vs poseurs.
If you want to separate the poseur 4x4s from the credible ones, the first thing to investigate is which end of the vehicle handles the power.
There is, thank God, a wave of youngsters who've reclaimed rap from the legions of ignorant poseurs.
Never mind MTV's poseurs.
Is there a more contemptible poseur and windbag than Elie Wiesel .
But not, surely, a poseur and windbag who receives (and takes as his due) such grotesque deference on moral questions.
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