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[poh-zur; French paw-zœr] /poʊˈzɜr; French pɔˈzœr/
noun, plural poseurs
[poh-zurz; French paw-zœr] /poʊˈzɜrz; French pɔˈzœr/ (Show IPA)
a person who attempts to impress others by assuming or affecting a manner, degree of elegance, sentiment, etc., other than his or her true one.
Origin of poseur
From French, dating back to 1880-85; See origin at pose1, -eur Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for poseur
Historical Examples
  • Poet and poseur he was, the strangest combination ever seen in man.

    The Daffodil Mystery

    Edgar Wallace
  • He may be named only to be cursed as wanton and mocker, poseur, trifler and vagrant.

  • “The poseur, never out of his rle,” murmured his audience there.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • He's not a bit like an actor; he's natural and not a bit of a poseur.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • Mr. Bellton was at heart the poseur, but he was also the fighter.

    The Key to Yesterday

    Charles Neville Buck
  • As to his personality, it seems to be that of the poseur—almost of the snob.

    The Key to Yesterday

    Charles Neville Buck
  • Even in "De Profundis" the poseur supplemented the artist, and the truth was not in him.

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • It is the poseur who is soft—soft at the very top, where Henry Ford is hard.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street
  • Many consider Tolstoy a poseur, but he sincerely believes in himself.

  • I used to think you were too good to be true—that you must be a poseur.

    Everyman's Land C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for poseur


a person who strikes an attitude or assumes a pose in order to impress others
Word Origin
C19: from French, from poser to pose1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for poseur

"one who practices affected attitudes," 1866, from French poseur, from verb poser "affect an attitude or pose," from Old French poser "to put, place, set" (see pose (v.1)). The word is English poser in French garb, and thus could itself be considered an affectation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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