What does pretentious mean?

Definitions for pretentiousprɪˈtɛn ʃəs

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretentious(adj)

    making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

    "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"

  2. ostentatious, pretentious(adj)

    intended to attract notice and impress others

    "an ostentatious sable coat"

  3. ostentatious, pretentious(adj)

    (of a display) tawdry or vulgar


  1. pretentious(Adjective)

    Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.

    Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.

  2. pretentious(Adjective)

    Ostentatious; intended to impress others.

    Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.

  3. Origin: From prétentieux, from prétention, from praetensus, past participle of praetendo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretentious(adj)

    full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one's; presuming; assuming

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. prtentieux. See Pretend.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretentious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretentious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. San Francisco:

    A pretentious way of saying 'selected,'.

  2. Stephanie Clifford:

    I think it’s a coincidence, i’m not pretentious enough to think she named her after me.

  3. John Romano:

    The smaller the understanding of the situation, the more pretentious the form of expression.

  4. Despair.com:

    The downside to being better than everyone is that people seem to think you are pretentious.

  5. This Is Spinal Tap:

    Marty This pretentious ponderous collection of religious rock psalms is enough to prompt the question, What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn't he have rested on that day too'

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