- 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
Examples from the Web for poseur
Poet and poseur he was, the strangest combination ever seen in man.The Daffodil Mystery
He may be named only to be cursed as wanton and mocker, poseur, trifler and vagrant.Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry
T. S. Eliot
“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.My Actor-Husband
As to his personality, it seems to be that of the poseur—almost of the snob.The Key to Yesterday
Charles Neville Buck
- a person who strikes an attitude or assumes a pose in order to impress others
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.