poseur

[ 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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poseur

/ (pəʊˈzɜː) /

noun

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

poseur


n.

"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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