[ poh-zur; French paw-zœr ]
/ poʊˈzɜr; French pɔˈzœr /

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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British Dictionary definitions for poseur


/ (pəʊˈzɜː) /


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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