[poh-zur; French paw-zœr]

noun, plural po·seurs [poh-zurz; French paw-zœr] /poʊˈzɜrz; French pɔˈzœr/.

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
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Examples from the Web for poseur

Historical Examples of poseur

  • Poet and poseur he was, the strangest combination ever seen in man.

  • He may be named only to be cursed as wanton and mocker, poseur, trifler and vagrant.

  • “The poseur, never out of his rle,” murmured his audience there.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

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

  • As to his personality, it seems to be that of the poseur—almost of the snob.

    The Key to Yesterday

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for poseur



a person who strikes an attitude or assumes a pose in order to impress others

Word Origin for poseur

C19: from French, from poser to pose 1
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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.

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