[noun poo t-on, -awn; adjective poo t-on, -awn]
- an act or instance of putting someone on.
- a prank or pretense, especially one perpetrated or assumed in mock seriousness; hoax; spoof.
- affected manner or behavior; pretentiousness.
- assumed, feigned, pretended, or disguised: a put-on manner that didn't fool anyone.
Origin of put-on
1855–60; adj., noun use of verb phrase put (someone) on
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Examples from the Web for put-on
Her voice, in essence, sounds like a put-on version of a particularly technical rapper from the American South.Stop Being So Surprised By the Rise of Iggy Azalea
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The first thing to know about King's personality is that it isn't a put-on for Fox News.The New King of Congress
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"She's only china, and her hair's a put-on wig," said Agatha, with tears in her eyes.A Christmas Posy
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And since her niece had come to live with her, this put-on sternness had increased.The Carved Lions
This was evidently no put-on apology for the occasion, and Wyndham, as he spoke, looked as penitent as his words.The Willoughby Captains
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Word Origin and History for put-on
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper