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

  • n. One who poses.
  • n. A poseur.
  • n. A baffling question or problem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A particularly difficult question or puzzle.
  • n. Someone who, or something which, poses; a person who sets their body in a fixed position, such as for photography or painting.
  • n. A poseur; someone who affects some behaviour, style, attitude or other condition, often to impress or influence others

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, puzzles; a difficult or inexplicable question or fact.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who poses or puts questions; one who questions or interrogates closely; an examiner.
  • n. A question that poses or puzzles; a puzzling or difficult question or matter.

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

  • n. a particularly difficult or baffling question or problem
  • n. a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not
  • n. a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor


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  • The surname of a plastic surgeon near where I reside.

    December 8, 2010

  • Poseur is an alternate spelling. And an alternate definition is "a person who pretends to be something he is not".

    March 19, 2007

  • a question or problem that is puzzling or confusing.

    (Origin: 1580–90; pose2 + -er1)

    March 19, 2007

  • Isn't this actually spelled poseur?

    March 18, 2007

  • A puzzle. "How do it know? A real poser, that 'un".

    March 17, 2007