verb (used with object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

Origin of posture

1595–1605; < French < Italian postura < Latin positūra. See posit, -ure
Related formspos·tur·al, adjectivepos·tur·er, noun

Synonyms for posture

2. See position. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for posturing

masquerade, pose, display, fake, affect, attitudinize, playact

Examples from the Web for posturing

Contemporary Examples of posturing

Historical Examples of posturing

  • There was an extraordinary force of suggestion in this posturing.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Remember that while you're posturing in your little hour of glory on Athena and Earth.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • She began at once calling and posturing, clearly for our benefit.

    Little Brothers of the Air

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • What a statue gallery of posturing friends we all have in our memory!

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Music (it is called by that name) and posturing fill up the intervals.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for posturing



a position or attitude of the limbs or body
a characteristic manner of bearing the body; carriageto have good posture
the disposition of the parts of a visible object
a mental attitude or frame of mind
a state, situation, or condition
a false or affected attitude; pose


to assume or cause to assume a bodily position or attitude
(intr) to assume an affected or unnatural bodily or mental posture; pose
Derived Formspostural, adjectiveposturer, noun

Word Origin for posture

C17: via French from Italian postura, from Latin positūra, from pōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for posturing



c.1600, from French posture (16c.), from Italian postura "position, posture," from Latin positura "position, station," from postulus, past participle of ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)).



1620s, literal, from posture (n.). The figurative sense of "take up an artificial mental position" is attested from 1877. Related: Postured; posturing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

posturing in Medicine




A position of the body or of body parts.
A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.
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