Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Affectedly genteel; pretentious.
  • interjection Used to express disdain for something viewed as pretentious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To act in a languidly genteel manner; pose as a ‘swell.’
  • Languidly genteel in speech or manner; foppishly affected.
  • noun A languidly genteel person; an affected fop or ‘swell.’

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Disdainful description of pretension or haughtiness.
  • interjection Expression of disdain for pretension or haughtiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective affectedly genteel

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative of affected speech.]

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