Pose, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Posed p. pr. & vb. n. Posing.] 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.
Pose, v. i. 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.
He . . . posed before her as a hero. --Thackeray.
Po·sé a. Her. Standing still, with all the feet on the ground; -- said of the attitude of a lion, horse, or other beast.
Pose n. 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.
Pose n. A cold in the head; catarrh. [Obs.]
Pose, v. t.
1. To interrogate; to question. [Obs.] “She . . . posed him and sifted him.”
2. To question with a view to puzzling; to embarrass by questioning or scrutiny; to bring to a stand.
A question wherewith a learned Pharisee thought to pose and puzzle him. --Barrow.
n 1: affected manners intended to impress others; "don't put on
airs with me" [syn: airs]
2: a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic
3: a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display [syn: affectation,
v 1: introduce; "This poses an interesting question" [syn: present]
2: assume a posture as for artistic purposes; "We don't know
the woman who posed for Leonardo so often" [syn: model,
3: pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent
intentions; "She posed as the Czar's daughter" [syn: impersonate,
4: 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" [syn: posture]
5: 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" [syn: put, set, place, position, lay]
6: 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" [syn: perplex, vex, stick,
get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, bewilder,
flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]