- 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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- to embarrass or baffle, as by a difficult question or problem.
- Obsolete. to examine by putting questions.
Origin of pose2
Examples from the Web for posing
A smirking Ramone is shown wearing both a CBGB shirt and heavy gold chains, posing next to an enormous boombox.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
Somebody suggests that if proved they could seriously damage public confidence in the state, posing a national security risk.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
One month after the operation, Holm arrived in a ghostly Stanleyville posing as a State Department representative.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
When Singh got back on board, he saw the off-duty army officers and realized that posing as one of them might help save him.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA
Simran Jeet Singh
October 31, 2014
The full footage of her on the red carpet yes, shows her posing, but posing to order.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
Was he posing as Ruth Morton's brother, and if so, for what reason?The Film of Fear
They found her "posing" to a certain painter; and they took their stand as spectators.The Memorabilia
While she is posing for me I have the pleasure of entertaining her husband.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)
Strangely enough, she did not judge him for posing as Major Calvert's nephew.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
I left her a-poring and posing over one of the tombs in the church.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
- 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 posing
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.