Definition of poised in English:



  • 1Having a composed and self-assured manner.

    ‘not every day you saw that poised, competent kid distressed’
    • ‘And for the first time today this remarkably poised young woman breaks out into a blush.’
    • ‘I walked up poised and proud with tears shimmering in my eyes.’
    • ‘He could not imagine this calm, poised woman before him using language like that, but the young girl within her?’
    • ‘Britain's first mainstream female football presenter is cool, poised and confident.’
    • ‘His poised, persuasive presentation won them over.’
    • ‘Her aura of poised confidence was gone, leaving behind a tired air.’
    • ‘The Head RN merely arched a well-plucked eyebrow, and Cassie stood in the doorway as poised and silent as a statue.’
    • ‘The poised, confident young woman was tossed into a world of checkpoints, strip searches and interrogations.’
    • ‘The end result: you look leaner, taller, more poised and confident.’
    • ‘He is also a poised senior who makes 84.2 percent of his free throws.’
    • ‘In the picture, she looks entirely poised and comfortable.’
    • ‘Keira was always in control, always composed, poised and confident.’
    • ‘He's a poised lad, very much in control of what he says and, ultimately, what we are allowed to know about him.’
    • ‘By this stage the adrenaline had started pumping around my body, I felt I was ready for anything; alert and poised.’
    • ‘She's like a child grown in a pod on Mars: far too poised and intelligent to resemble any kid from our planet.’
    • ‘Instead of his head falling away and legs imitating those of a drunk, he was poised and resolute, pulverising anything that came within his shot-radar.’
    • ‘Jake's poised and assertive manner was diminishing before my very eyes.’
    • ‘A tall, good-looking young man, poised and self-assured, Bassam is a Christian.’
    • ‘Finding love and being a good companion are slightly more challenging projects for even such a poised and educated young lady.’
    • ‘For a brief moment, considering the embarrassing circumstances, I was pleased with my poised response.’
    self-possessed, self-assured, composed, assured, self-controlled, cool-headed, calm, cool, cool, calm, and collected, at ease, tranquil, serene, unperturbed, unruffled, impassive, nonchalant, confident, self-confident, dignified, equable, imperturbable, suave, urbane, elegant
    together, unfazed, unflappable
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    1. 1.1Having a graceful and elegant bearing.
      ‘she had learnt from the girls at the salon how to appear perfectly poised’
      • ‘The result is a poised and thoughtful study in grief that navigates a narrative cautiously balanced between life and death.’
      • ‘She couldn't help but wonder that if he was that attractive and poised just walking around, then what could he be like in bed?’
      • ‘She was as poised and elegant as her breeding required, Grace thought, and certainly she dressed as befitted her status.’
      • ‘This is a beautifully poised film that peels away the external artifice of its central character layer by layer, with each plot twist raising as many questions as it answers.’
      • ‘She finally paints Adele, a subject she believes to be as poised and beautiful as the Madonna, but crumples up the sketch and throws it away.’
      • ‘Here also she gets her lines right, she is still poised and graceful, she is still fetching on the dance floor, but she has precious little to do.’
      • ‘Jen looked poised and beautiful, the quintessential bride, in red patent-leather Betty Boop heels.’
      • ‘The Dinka are incapable of doing anything without a poised elegance.’
      • ‘Eleanor walked into the ballroom with the grace of a dancer, poised and elegant.’
      • ‘The elegantly dressed, poised woman looked a bit odd wearing a red and white Santa hat, but it really was cute.’
      • ‘A poised and graceful swimmer, she never seemed to tire in the water.’
      • ‘It is a beautifully poised and lean wine, as befits its musical signature of the shrill hunting horn.’
      • ‘It was the kind of thing that made one think back to a time of elegant ladies and poised gentlemen.’
      • ‘He was faced with a gorgeous man in his forties with silky, boy-cut brown hair, a poised stance, and a charming smile.’
      • ‘Couched in poised and lucid prose, The Namesake is a an exquisite tale, full of fine and fragile humour.’
      • ‘I was astonished, when reading his memoirs, to learn that such a polished and poised fellow had never lost the sense that he was awkward and clumsy.’
      • ‘The poised and fashionable Fitzwilliam openly admitted to failing courses in second year law and of her determination to pass.’
      • ‘It's lovely to watch their progress as they grow from cute and clumsy children into poised and elegant women.’
      • ‘Balke's careful, walking on eggshells piano etches graceful, poised lines or occasionally, prepared piano abstractions.’
      • ‘De Havilland's poised, elegant Miriam is the perfect foil for haggard, wild-eyed Charlotte.’
      elegant, stylish, tasteful, refined, sophisticated, dignified, distinguished, discerning, with good taste
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