Definition of pseud in English:

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Pronunciation: /sjuːd/


British informal
A pretentious person, especially one who claims to know a great deal about art, literature, etc. this method is the refuge of the charlatan, the pseud, and the modestly talented [as modifier]: pseud gabbing about man’s primal nature
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  • The guest list has so far been commendably free of the academics, hack-ademics, cranks and pseuds who once appeared to comprise the resident Montrose intelligentsia.
  • I mean, you just know he watched all the New York pseuds sitting down for a performance of his entirely-silent composition 4'33 ‘, and had serious trouble keeping from giggling.’
  • It's an effect called ‘frame dragging,’ which you can now officially use to trump the pseuds at the next cocktail party.
pretentious person, poser, poseur, show-off, sham, fraud
informal phoney


1960s: abbreviation of pseudo.

Words that rhyme with pseud

allude, brood, collude, conclude, crude, delude, dude, elude, étude, exclude, extrude, exude, feud, food, illude, include, intrude, Jude, lewd, mood, nude, obtrude, occlude, Oudh, preclude, protrude, prude, pultrude, rood, rude, seclude, shrewd, snood, transude, unglued, unsubdued, who'd, you'd

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