: having an assumed solemn, serious, or earnest expression or manner : piously or hypocritically solemn

Word History


perhaps from po chamber pot, toilet, from French pot pot

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of po-faced was in 1934

Dictionary Entries Near po-faced

Cite this Entry

“Po-faced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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