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adjective Chiefly British.
  1. having an overly serious demeanor or attitude; humorless.
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Origin of po-faced

origin uncertain; perhaps po a chamber pot + -faced, influenced by poker-faced
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  1. (of a person) wearing a disapproving stern expression
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Word Origin

C20: possibly from po + poker-faced
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