po·​seur | \ pō-ˈzər How to pronounce poseur (audio) , ˈpō-zər \

Definition of poseur

: a person who pretends to be what he or she is not : an affected or insincere person

Examples of poseur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chaplin the promethean filmmaker was also his own worst enemy, a comedic and business genius, a political naif, even a poseur in certain ways, but also a man who could never escape either his childhood or his attraction to childlike women. John Anderson, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 Still, Seldom Seen is a real mover, not a political poseur like Jesse Jackson, Danny Glover, Cornel West, and Chuck D, who display their frustration ineffectually by pinning their hopes on Bernie Sanders. Armond White, National Review, 11 Mar. 2020 As the zero-waste concept gains steam, there will inevitably be poseurs, or restauranteurs aiming to tap an eco-conscious customer base without putting in the real work. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2020 Yet Hollywood has turned away from laconic tough guys toward newcomers such as Bruce Lee, an arrogant little poseur who picks a fight with Cliff while bragging about his own prowess. Kyle Smith, National Review, 13 Dec. 2019 Near the Luce Foundation Center on the third floor of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 7th and F Streets, muralist Kelsey Montague created a cheeky panda bearing posies and perfectly poised for Instagram poseurs. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, 10 Aug. 2019 Another new toy in the film, a daredevil motorcyclist from Canada called Duke Caboom, is voiced by Keanu Reeves, and proves to be a charming poseur. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 20 June 2019 The plot is fueled by arch archetypes that infuriate the main character, Alceste, who prides himself on telling these poseurs the truth, no matter the cost. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, 5 June 2019 This is not to say that all of the nineties’ non-black hip-hop devotees were poseurs, or that sincere hip-hop fans cannot grow up to be lawyers. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of poseur

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poseur

French, literally, poser, from poser

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21 Dec 2021

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“Poseur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poseur. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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