a person who attempts to impress others by assuming or affecting a manner, degree of elegance, sentiment, etc., other than their true one.
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How to use poseur in a sentence
The boxer with the moniker “Money” grasped that going a few rounds with this pugilistic poseur would deliver a Brinks truck of cash to his bank account.Floyd Mayweather’s Failure to Knock Out Logan Paul Is Sad | Gordon Marino | June 7, 2021 | The Daily Beast
On the other hand, those of us who bow before the pantheon of warriors such as Ali, Frazier, Holmes, and the late Marvin Hagler, find it appalling to see pugilistic poseurs snatching their immense payouts and attention.Jake Paul Has Brought the Sport of Boxing to Its ‘Lowest Point’ | Gordon Marino | April 26, 2021 | The Daily Beast
We find Wilkes as a poseur on literature in one of these entertaining letters to “dearest Polly.”The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
It is an awful thing when a poseur ceases to pose, when an egoist becomes a human being.The Romance of His Life | Mary Cholmondeley
Poet and poseur he was, the strangest combination ever seen in man.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
The peculiar charm of these Letters is that they are so evidently private; there is nothing of the poseur about them.
And Whistler, he declared, was a "poseur" and the picture "a colossal piece of pyramidal impudence."The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
British Dictionary definitions for poseur
a person who strikes an attitude or assumes a pose in order to impress others
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