Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for poseur
Historical Examples
  • It is the poseur who is soft—soft at the very top, where Henry Ford is hard.

    Abroad at Home Julian Street
  • Poet and poseur he was, the strangest combination ever seen in man.

    The Daffodil Mystery Edgar Wallace
  • They were inclined to think he was somewhat of a poseur at first, but later they came to like him—all of them.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • He may be named only to be cursed as wanton and mocker, poseur, trifler and vagrant.

  • He was not a poseur; he was merely sensitively conscious of himself and of life as an art.

  • He's not a bit like an actor; he's natural and not a bit of a poseur.

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

    The Key to Yesterday Charles Neville Buck
  • Many consider Tolstoy a poseur, but he sincerely believes in himself.

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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for poseur

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for poseur

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for poseur