transitive verbposed, pos′ing
- to put forth; assert (a claim, argument, etc.)
- to put forward or propose (a question, problem, etc.)
- to put (a model, photographic subject, etc.) in a certain position or attitude
Origin of poseMiddle English posen from Old French poser, to put in position from Vulgar Latin pausare, to place, put from L, to stop (see pause): meaning and form altered by associated, association with Classical Latin positus, past participle of ponere, to place, put: see position
- to assume a certain position or attitude, as in modeling for an artist
- to strike attitudes for effect; attitudinize
- to pretend to be what one is not; set oneself up (as): to pose as an officer
- a bodily attitude, esp. one held for or pictured by an artist, photographer, etc.
- a way of behaving or speaking that is assumed for effect; pretense
Origin of poseFr < the v.