from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified.
- adj. Making or marked by an extravagant outward show; ostentatious. See Synonyms at showy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.
- adj. Ostentatious; intended to impress others.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one's; presuming; assuming.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pretended; unfounded; false.
- Full of pretension, or claims to greater excellence or importance than the truth warrants; attempting to pass for more than the actual worth or importance; making an exaggerated outward show.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction
- adj. (of a display) tawdry or vulgar
- adj. intended to attract notice and impress others
From French prétentieux, from prétention, from Latin praetensus ("false or hypocritical profession"), past participle of praetendō. (Wiktionary)