poseur

noun
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 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, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 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, "‘Toy Story 4’ Review: Once Again, With Joy and Deep Feeling," 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, "‘A Misanthrope’ brings Molière’s fabulous fakes into the 21st century," 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, "It’s Like This and Like That and Like What?," 2 May 2018 Facebook’s ranking in the Apple App Store went up after #deletefacebook went viral, probably from refusenik poseurs reinstalling the app after deleting it. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg Plays the Scapegoat for Our Facebook Sins," 17 Apr. 2018 The series was more about Versace’s killer, the deadly narcissistic poseur Andrew Cunanan, than about Versace. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty column: Xavier Nation, say hello to Travis Steele ... or Porter Moser?," 28 Mar. 2018 Laying it off on senior administration officials will no longer fly given the liars, hustlers, incompetents, poseurs and mountebanks who dominate this West Wing. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Press gives Trump 'fake news' ammo when it predicts things that don't come to pass," 9 Mar. 2018 Casey Jane Ellison has made a comedy-slash-art career out of walking the very fine line between her abiding love for and hilarious mockery of the art world—or at least of its sycophants, poseurs, and profiteers. Vogue, "Casey Jane Ellison Thinks You Should Call Your Mom," 6 Feb. 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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