Definition of poised in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɔɪzd/


1Having a composed and self-assured manner: not every day you saw that poised, competent kid distressed
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  • Keira was always in control, always composed, poised and confident.
  • A tall, good-looking young man, poised and self-assured, Bassam is a Christian.
  • Jake's poised and assertive manner was diminishing before my very eyes.
self-possessed, self-assured, composed, assured, self-controlled, cool-headed, calm, cool, {cool, calm, and collected}, at ease, tranquil, serene, unperturbed, unruffled, impassive, nonchalant, confident, self-confident, dignified, equable, imperturbable, suave, urbane, elegant
informal together, unfazed, unflappable
rare equanimous
1.1Having a graceful and elegant bearing: she had learnt from the girls at the salon how to appear perfectly poised
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  • Here also she gets her lines right, she is still poised and graceful, she is still fetching on the dance floor, but she has precious little to do.
  • A poised and graceful swimmer, she never seemed to tire in the water.
  • Balke's careful, walking on eggshells piano etches graceful, poised lines or occasionally, prepared piano abstractions.

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