What is a poser?

A person who pretends to be someone they are not

A "poser" is someone who tries to fit into a group of people not because they like them but because they want to be accepted. People of all ages may be posers, but they are most common in middle and high school when teenagers search for their identity and want to gain peer acceptance. Some examples of groups posers try to assimilate into at school are jocks, goth punks, skaters, theater kids, and brainiacs.

Posers may attempt to integrate into a group by learning their vocabulary, wearing specific types of clothing, and changing their mannerisms. For example, a poser may dress in all black and wear black eyeliner and lipstick when trying to fit into a group of goth or emo teens, even though they don't relate to the group's values or sentiments.

People typically use poser to insult others who "talk the talk" but don't authentically "walk the walk." Since most people can detect a poser trying to fit in, it's better to just be yourself instead of pretending to be someone you are not.


that guy looks like he's never even been on a skateboard, what a poser
srsly. so cringe
Dilemma when deciphering a female poser
Dilemma when deciphering a female poser

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Updated November 22, 2023

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