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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Affectedly genteel; pretentious.
  • interj. Used to express disdain for something viewed as pretentious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Disdainful description of pretension or haughtiness.
  • interj. Expression of disdain for pretension or haughtiness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Languidly genteel in speech or manner; foppishly affected.
  • n. A languidly genteel person; an affected fop or ‘swell.’
  • To act in a languidly genteel manner; pose as a ‘swell.’

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affectedly genteel

Etymologies

Imitative of affected speech.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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