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Definition of pseud

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a person who pretends to be an intellectual

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

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First Known Use of pseud


1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pseud


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pseud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

British, informal + disapproving : a person who pretends to have a lot of knowledge

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

: not real : fake

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