- to assume a particular attitude or stance, especially with the hope of impressing others: He likes to pose as an authority on literature.
- to present oneself insincerely: He seems to be posing in all his behavior.
- to assume or hold a physical attitude, as for an artistic purpose: to pose for a painter.
- to place in a suitable position or attitude for a picture, tableau, or the like: to pose a group for a photograph.
- to assert, state, or put forward: That poses a difficult problem.
- to put or place.
- a bodily attitude or posture: Her pose had a note of defiance in it.
- a mental attitude or posture: a pose cultivated by the upper classes.
- the act or period of posing, as for a picture.
- a position or attitude assumed in posing, or exhibited by a figure in a picture, sculptural work, tableau, or the like.
- a moment in which a dancer remains motionless, usually in an assumed posture.
- a studied attitude; affectation: His liberalism is merely a pose.
Origin of pose1
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Examples from the Web for posable
My wife is name lucy an morris my child is name lot, if you please dear sir answer me as soon as you can posable.The Underground Railroad
Making all posable speed to Sandy Point, making about 15 knots ever since we started this morning.
On the 3rd the Spanish fleet came out of the Harbor to fight and get a way if posable.
All the people still full of friendship to me; but I keept myself still to myself as much as posable, without giving an ofence.The Autobiography of a Cornish Smuggler
- to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting
- (intr often foll by as) to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)
- (intr) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others
- (tr) to put forward, ask, or assertto pose a question
- a physical attitude, esp one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer
- a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect
- rare to puzzle or baffle
- archaic to question closely
Word Origin and History for posable
late 14c., "suggest, propose, suppose, assume," from Old French poser "put, place, propose," a term in debating, from Late Latin pausare "to halt, rest, pause" (source also of Italian posare, Spanish posar; see pause (v.)). The Old French verb (in common with cognates in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) acquired the sense of Latin ponere "to put, place," by confusion of the similar stems. Meaning "put in a certain position" is from early 15c. Sense of "assume a certain attitude" is from 1840; the transitive sense (as an artist's model, etc.) is from 1859. Related: Posed; posing.
"to puzzle, confuse, perplex," 1590s, earlier "question, interrogate" (1520s), probably from Middle French poser "suppose, assume," from Old French poser "to put, place, set" (see pose (v.1)). Also in some cases a shortening of English appose "examine closely," and oppose. Related: Posed; posing.
"act of posing the body," 1818, from pose (v.1), in a sense developed in the French cognate. Figuratively from 1884.