from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Priggishly disapproving.

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  • adjective UK Wearing a particularly stern and disapproving expression; humorless; priggish.
  • adjective UK Poker-faced.

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  • adjective humorless and disapproving


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

[From po, chamberpot (a po-faced expression being likened to that of a person observing the contents of a chamber pot with disgust), from French pot de chambre, chamber pot : pot, pot + de, of + chambre, room.]

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Probably from po, abbreviated slang based on French pot de chambre (chamber pot), after the distasteful expression anyone would adopt upon being presented with a full one. Perhaps similarly from pooh; perhaps influenced by poker-faced. Also possibly “poor-faced”.


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