pseud

noun
\ ˈsüd How to pronounce pseud (audio) \

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, 28 Mar. 2018 Her son, Art, is a hapless nature blogger and pointless pseud. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2018

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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-

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“Pseud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pseud. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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