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  1. a person who poses.
  2. a poseur, especially a person who is trendy or fashionable in a superficial way.
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Origin of poser1

First recorded in 1885–90; pose1 + -er1


  1. a question or problem that is puzzling or confusing.
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Origin of poser2

First recorded in 1580–90; pose2 + -er1
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Related Words

pretender, hypocrite, mimic, imposter, poseur, riddle, conundrum, puzzle, question, enigma, perplexity, problem, stickler, facer

Examples from the Web for poser

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Historical Examples

  • Buttner, thinking to punish him for his audacity, put a 'poser' to him, and awaited the result.

  • This was something of a poser, but the Captain did his best.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • It certainly was a "poser" to be told, "But you don't even know my name."

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • This was a poser; an act of open impiety; a Kentucky argument.

    Mexico and its Religion

    Robert A. Wilson

  • To himself the unreal editor had to own that this was a poser.

British Dictionary definitions for poser


  1. a person who poses
  2. informal a person who likes to be seen in trendsetting clothes in fashionable bars, discos, etc
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  1. a baffling or insoluble question
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Word Origin and History for poser


"one who practices an affected attitude," 1881, agent noun from pose (v.1); revived in teen-ager slang by 1983. Meaning "question that puzzles" is from 1793 from pose (v.2); earlier it meant "one who asks testing questions" (1580s).

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