pseud

noun
\ˈsüd \

Definition of pseud 

(Entry 1 of 3)

British

: a person who pretends to be an intellectual

pseud

abbreviation

Definition of pseud (Entry 2 of 3)

variants: or pseudo-

Definition of pseud- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : false : spurious pseudoclassic

2 : temporary or substitute formation similar to (a specified thing) pseudopodium

3 : resembling, isomeric with, or related to (a specified chemical compound) pseudoephedrine

Examples of pseud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mr Baudet is dismissed by the establishment as a pseud-in-a-suit, but his calls for the Dutch to leave the EU resonate. The Economist, "How the Dutch will take Britain’s place in Europe," 28 Mar. 2018 Her son, Art, is a hapless nature blogger and pointless pseud. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Ali Smith’s Seasonal Cycle Turns to a Dreamy ‘Winter’," 8 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pseud.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of pseud

Noun

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pseud

Noun

short for pseudo-intellectual

Combining form

Greek, from pseudēs, from pseudesthai to lie; akin to Armenian sut lie and probably to Greek psychein to breathe — more at psych-

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pseud

Statistics for pseud

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pseud

The first known use of pseud was in 1964

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pseud

pseud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pseud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who pretends to have a lot of knowledge

English Language Learners Definition of pseud- (Entry 2 of 2)

: not real : fake

More from Merriam-Webster on pseud

See words that rhyme with pseud

Comments on pseud

What made you want to look up pseud? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!