- 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
- a movement in which the dancer steps, in any desired position, from one foot to the other with a straight knee onto the flat foot, demi-pointe, or pointe.
Origin of posé
Related Wordsmien, mannerism, posture, affect, suggest, present, give, bearing, facade, stance, masquerade, fake, carriage, air, pretension, attitude, role, stand, guise, act
Examples from the Web for pose
He called out the conformism hiding in the pose of rugged individuality.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
After the Thursday prayer, the crowd of Congressional staff and lawmakers posed in the iconic, "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" pose.Capitol Hill's Black Staffers Walk Out to Say ‘Hands Up, Don't Shoot!’
December 11, 2014
Cooper had little Alexis pose for a picture on the exact spot there Garner was pinned.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
That said, an investigation by the DEA does pose a risk should actual criminal charges arise.The NFL Runs on Piles of Painkillers
November 17, 2014
He spun three times, stopped on a dime, and flashed the familiar “jazz hands” pose before walking away.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
There was no change in the face or pose of the man who listened to the reading.
Voice, pose and gesture proclaimed at least the excellent mimic.
If you pose as a little god, you must pose for better for worse.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
At the last push of fate Shakespeare will pose and deceive himself.The Man Shakespeare
I wasn't so enamoured with the ancients as I thought I was; but I was enamoured with your contemplation of my pose.Quaint Courtships
- 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 pose
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.