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Feb 10, 2012
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Words to describe people

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poseur

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poseur

PRONUNCIATION:
(poh-ZUHR)

MEANING:
noun: One who behaves in an affected manner to impress others.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French poseur (poser), from poser (to pose), from Latin pausa (pause). Earliest documented use: 1869.

USAGE:
"Is Alain de Botton the biggest pseud and poseur of all time, or a brilliant writer who asks intriguing questions?"
Lynn Barber; The Way Words Work; The Age (Melbourne, Australia); Apr 5, 2009.

See more usage examples of poseur in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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