po·​seur pō-ˈzər How to pronounce poseur (audio)
: 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 Meanwhile, Bobby the poseur has to work through a murder labyrinth to save his wife, but that game is mostly a distraction from the fact that Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) from the first Saw has resurfaced — and is revealed as an accomplice of Jigsaw from the very beginning. Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, 1 June 2024 Cara sees her as a poseur(*) and a privileged rich girl whose lifestyle is funded by her slumlord parents. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 22 Dec. 2023 In moments like these, Marianne, the poseur, becomes one with them. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Aug. 2023 The Pogues, poor kids from the island, are at constant odds with the Kooks, the rich poseurs. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2023 As his profligacy and parties flashed bigger and brighter, his guests saw in Low no mere party-boy poseur, but a man of apparently limitless means, whatever their origin, whose interests could even enhance their own ambitions. Michael Ames, Rolling Stone, 12 Mar. 2023 The seats just don't get it, but our guess is that the target customers for the Olds and the Chevy don't worry too much about seats and ergonomics—that's for Porsche people and other poseurs. David E. Davis Jr., Car and Driver, 1 Mar. 2023 Kylo Ren is the J. Alfred Prufrock of space: a self-conscious poseur, needled by his own insecurities. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 More often than not, a songwriter who sets out to work both sides and the middle of that street comes off like a poseur — a pleaser without much personality. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 9 Feb. 2023

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Word History


French, literally, poser, from poser

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poseur was in 1869

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“Poseur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poseur. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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po·​seur pō-ˈzər How to pronounce poseur (audio)
: a person who pretends to be what he or she is not

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