What does poser mean?

A person who pretends to be someone they are not

A poser is a person who tries to fit into a group of people not because they actually like them but because they just want to be accepted into the group. Posers are most common in middle and high school when kids are searching for their identity and want to be accepted.

Posers try to integrate into a group of friends by learning the lingo, wearing specific types of clothing, and changing their mannerisms. Some examples of groups of people posers try to appear as are jocks, goth punks, skaters, theater kids, and brainiacs.

The term is typically seen as negative since it is used to call out people who "talk the talk," but don't necessarily "walk the walk." Most people can detect a poser trying to fit in so it's better to just be yourself, instead of pretend to be someone you are not.


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

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Updated April 4, 2017

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