What does pose mean?

Definitions for posepoʊz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pose.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. airs, pose(noun)

    affected manners intended to impress others

    "don't put on airs with me"

  2. pose(noun)

    a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes

  3. affectation, mannerism, pose, affectedness(verb)

    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

  4. present, pose(verb)


    "This poses an interesting question"

  5. model, pose, sit, posture(verb)

    assume a posture as for artistic purposes

    "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"

  6. pose, impersonate, personate(verb)

    pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions

    "She posed as the Czar's daughter"

  7. pose, posture(verb)

    behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

    "Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!"; "She postured and made a total fool of herself"

  8. put, set, place, pose, position, lay(verb)

    put into a certain place or abstract location

    "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"

  9. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound(verb)

    be a mystery or bewildering to

    "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pose(adj)

    standing still, with all the feet on the ground; -- said of the attitude of a lion, horse, or other beast

  2. Pose(noun)

    a cold in the head; catarrh

  3. Pose(verb)

    the attitude or position of a person; the position of the body or of any member of the body; especially, a position formally assumed for the sake of effect; an artificial position; as, the pose of an actor; the pose of an artist's model or of a statue

  4. Pose(verb)

    to place in an attitude or fixed position, for the sake of effect; to arrange the posture and drapery of (a person) in a studied manner; as, to pose a model for a picture; to pose a sitter for a portrait

  5. Pose(verb)

    to assume and maintain a studied attitude, with studied arrangement of drapery; to strike an attitude; to attitudinize; figuratively, to assume or affect a certain character; as, she poses as a prude

  6. Pose(verb)

    to interrogate; to question

  7. Pose(verb)

    to question with a view to puzzling; to embarrass by questioning or scrutiny; to bring to a stand

  8. Origin: [Shortened from appose, for oppose. See 2d Appose, Oppose.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pose

    pōz, n. a position: an attitude, either natural or assumed.—v.i. to assume an attitude.—v.t. to put in a suitable attitude: to posit. [Fr.,—poser, to place—Low L. pausare, to cease—L. pausa, pause—Gr. pausis. Between Fr. poser and L. ponĕre, positum, there has been confusion, which has influenced the derivatives of both words.]

  2. Pose

    pōz, v.t. to puzzle: to perplex by questions: to bring to a stand.—ns. Pō′ser, one who, or that which, poses: a difficult question; Pō′sing.—adv. Pō′singly. [M. E. apposen, a corr. of oppose, which in the schools meant to 'argue against.']

  3. Posé

    po-zā′, adj. (her.) standing still.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pose' in Verbs Frequency: #580


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pose in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hal Buell:

    Joe did not pose that picture.

  2. Oscar Wilde, The picture of Dorian Gray:

    Being natural is simply a pose.

  3. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen:

    Global developments pose ongoing risks.

  4. Oscar Wilde, "An Ideal Husband":

    To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.

  5. John Dewey:

    Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.

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Translations for pose

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • stellen, posieren, legen, PoseGerman
  • pose, posarSpanish
  • پزPersian
  • poseerataFinnish
  • pose, représenter, poser, mettre, constituerFrench
  • porreItalian
  • ポーズをつくる, ポーズ, 置くJapanese
  • pozaLatvian
  • poserenDutch
  • posere, anbringe, representere, stilleNorwegian
  • озадачивать, ставить, представить, позировать, класть, располагать, поза, задавать, представлять, положить, расположить, задать, озадачить, поставитьRussian
  • pose, poseraSwedish

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