verb (used with object), poised, pois·ing.
verb (used without object), poised, pois·ing.
Origin of poise1
Synonyms for poise
Antonyms for poise
Origin of poise2
Related Words for poiseconfidence, equanimity, self-assurance, tact, elegance, aplomb, calmness, serenity, grace, hover, wait, bearing, stasis, self-possession, presence, tranquility, cool, diplomacy, gravity, tactfulness
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Contemporary Examples of poise
Endowing the feverish, PR-patrolled world of presidential politics with thoughtfulness and poise—now that would be radical.Inside The Secret World of London’s National Gallery
November 8, 2014
This was the world of Gustave H. our narrator assumes, one of refinement, poise, and impeccable service.Wes Anderson’s Austrian Muse: Stefan Zweig
February 26, 2014
She's handled her transition from reality TV star to the real world with grace and poise.From ‘The Hills’ to Over the Hill: Lauren Conrad’s Premature Aging
September 24, 2012
Murdoch praised the courage and poise of a young policewoman who arrived first on the scene with a male colleague.Australia’s Collar-Bomb Hoax
August 4, 2011
She is timeless, her combination of poise, kindness, and intelligence are matchless.Huma Abedin: Weiner's Spectacular Wife
June 7, 2011
Historical Examples of poise
But according to Letty he was something superhuman in poise and charm.
They could recover their poise; he with the health of a simple mind, and they as children will.
Pee-wee demanded to know, as soon as he had regained his poise and dignity.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The adjustment is to be accomplished entirely by the poise of the body.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
From cock-crow to sun-down the streets resounded with 'Poise your muskets!Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin for poise
Word Origin for poise
early 15c., "weight, quality of being heavy," later "significance, importance" (mid-15c.), from Old French pois "weight, balance, consideration" (12c., Modern French poids), from Medieval Latin pesum "weight," from Latin pensum "something weighted or weighed," (source of Provençal and Catalan pes, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian peso), noun use of neuter past participle of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).
The sense of "steadiness, composure" first recorded 1640s, from notion of being equally weighted on either side (1550s). Meaning "balance" is from 1711; meaning "way in which the body is carried" is from 1770.
late 14c., "to have a certain weight," from stressed form of Old French peser "to weigh, be heavy; weigh down, be a burden; worry, be a concern," from Vulgar Latin *pesare, from Latin pensare "to weigh carefully, weigh out, counter-balance," frequentative of pendere (past participle pensus) "to weigh" (see pendant). For form evolution from Latin to French, see OED. Meaning "to place in equilibrium" is from 1630s (cf. equipoise). Passive sense of "to be ready" (to do something) is from 1932. Related: Poised; poising. In 15c. a poiser was an official who weighed goods.