pretentious Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “pretentious” in the English Dictionary

"pretentious" in British English

See all translations

pretentiousadjective

uk   us   /prɪˈten.ʃəs/ disapproving
trying to ​appear or ​sound more ​important or ​clever than you are, ​especially in ​matters of ​art and ​literature: a pretentious ​artcritic The ​noveldeals with ​grandthemes, but is never ​heavy or pretentious.
pretentiously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
pretentiousness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/ (also pretension)
I couldn't ​believe the pretentiousness of the ​book.
(Definition of pretentious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pretentious" in American English

See all translations

pretentiousadjective

 us   /prɪˈten·ʃəs/ disapproving
trying to give the ​appearance of ​greatimportance, esp. in a way that is ​obvious: pretentious ​restaurants pretentious, ​sillypoetry
(Definition of pretentious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pretentious?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“pretentious” in British English

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More