Definitions

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

  • n. One who affects a particular attribute, attitude, or identity to impress or influence others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One 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

  • A person who poses or attitudizes, esp. mentally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who poses, or takes an attitude, physical or mental, which is assumed for effect; one who attitudinizes.

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

  • n. a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not

Etymologies

French, from poser, to pose, from Old French; see pose1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A poseur is someone who dresses like you, but doesn't know the difference between the words 'poser' and 'poseur.'

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • The difference between a true scholar and a poseur is that true scholars are open about what they don't know and seek help from colleagues who are strong in those areas.

    Inferior medievalists

  • The word poseur has appeared in 10 Times articles over the past year, including in a December 11, 2009 theater review of "Love's Labors Lost" headlined

    NYT > Home Page

  • I think that was all probably kind of childish and stupid but by this basic standard (a poseur is one who postures) isn’t the whole New Republic thing (with the exception of the unabashedly lib pieces) pretty much a national journal of poseurdom? joe from Lowell Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Endgame

  • January 21st, 2010 at 7: 04 pm tombaker says: i’m sure jeff skilling was thinking “they’d never let me take the fall” too. and he was an actual bigshot, not some vain poseur on a website.

    Think Progress » Will Scott Brown Stick By Birther Candidate Who Compared Obama To Osama Bin Laden?

  • I suspect that Rich is disturbed that his matinee idol is suddenly being called a poseur by respectable people whom Rich might meet at a dinner party.

    John R. MacArthur: More and More, Obama Seems a Faux Liberal

  • How often the woman or man with a God-given sense of the beautiful, the fitting, harmony between costume and setting, is described as poseur or poseuse by those who lack the same instinct.

    Woman as Decoration

  • After all, the essence of the thing is to have simple, unaffected people; the poseur is the ruin of genial intercourse, unless he is

    The Upton Letters

  • Is Perry what the French call a poseur and the Johnny Romano Skate Park denizens call a poser?

    The Daily News - News

  • "poseur" - it's certainly not going to be useful for the hardcore daily skater - you need to have confidence that your setup is going to stay together or you're not going to try anything harder than a kickturn.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Gadgets

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