A family posing for a photo




  • To place in an attitude or fixed position, for the sake of effect.
  • To ask; to set (a test, quiz, riddle, etc.).
  • To constitute (a danger, a threat, a risk, etc.).
  • To falsely impersonate (another person or occupation) primarily for the purpose of accomplishing something or reaching a goal.
  • To assume or maintain a pose; to strike an attitude.
  • To behave affectedly in order to attract interest or admiration.
  • To interrogate; to question.
  • To question with a view to puzzling; to embarrass by questioning or scrutiny; to bring to a stand.
  • To ask (someone) questions; to interrogate.
  • to puzzle, non-plus, or embarrass with difficult questions.
  • To perplex or confuse (someone).


  • From Middle English pose, from Old English ġeposu, from Old English pos, ġepos, from Proto-Germanic *pusą, from Proto-Germanic *pusōną, *pusjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bew-. Compare Low German pusten, German dialectal pfausen, Norwegian dialectal pysa.
  • From Middle English posen, from Old French poser, from Vulgar Latin pauso ("to blin, cease, pause"), from Latin pausa, from Ancient Greek παῦσις; influenced by Latin pono. pause.
  • From Middle English posen, a combination of aphetic forms of Middle English aposen and opposen. More at appose, oppose.

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