Definition of poised in US English:



  • 1Having a composed and self-assured manner.

    ‘not every day you saw that poised, competent kid distressed’
    • ‘By this stage the adrenaline had started pumping around my body, I felt I was ready for anything; alert and poised.’
    • ‘He's a poised lad, very much in control of what he says and, ultimately, what we are allowed to know about him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Head RN merely arched a well-plucked eyebrow, and Cassie stood in the doorway as poised and silent as a statue.’
    • ‘And for the first time today this remarkably poised young woman breaks out into a blush.’
    • ‘His poised, persuasive presentation won them over.’
    • ‘She's like a child grown in a pod on Mars: far too poised and intelligent to resemble any kid from our planet.’
    • ‘I walked up poised and proud with tears shimmering in my eyes.’
    • ‘In the picture, she looks entirely poised and comfortable.’
    • ‘The poised, confident young woman was tossed into a world of checkpoints, strip searches and interrogations.’
    • ‘Jake's poised and assertive manner was diminishing before my very eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is also a poised senior who makes 84.2 percent of his free throws.’
    • ‘Britain's first mainstream female football presenter is cool, poised and confident.’
    • ‘Her aura of poised confidence was gone, leaving behind a tired air.’
    • ‘Keira was always in control, always composed, poised and confident.’
    • ‘He could not imagine this calm, poised woman before him using language like that, but the young girl within her?’
    • ‘The end result: you look leaner, taller, more poised and confident.’
    • ‘A tall, good-looking young man, poised and self-assured, Bassam is a Christian.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 Having a graceful and elegant bearing.
      ‘she had learned from the girls at the salon how to appear perfectly poised’
      • ‘De Havilland's poised, elegant Miriam is the perfect foil for haggard, wild-eyed Charlotte.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Balke's careful, walking on eggshells piano etches graceful, poised lines or occasionally, prepared piano abstractions.’
      • ‘Couched in poised and lucid prose, The Namesake is a an exquisite tale, full of fine and fragile humour.’
      • ‘He was faced with a gorgeous man in his forties with silky, boy-cut brown hair, a poised stance, and a charming smile.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 result is a poised and thoughtful study in grief that navigates a narrative cautiously balanced between life and death.’
      • ‘She was as poised and elegant as her breeding required, Grace thought, and certainly she dressed as befitted her status.’
      • ‘It was the kind of thing that made one think back to a time of elegant ladies and poised gentlemen.’
      • ‘The poised and fashionable Fitzwilliam openly admitted to failing courses in second year law and of her determination to pass.’
      • ‘The elegantly dressed, poised woman looked a bit odd wearing a red and white Santa hat, but it really was cute.’
      • ‘Eleanor walked into the ballroom with the grace of a dancer, poised and elegant.’
      • ‘The Dinka are incapable of doing anything without a poised elegance.’
      • ‘A poised and graceful swimmer, she never seemed to tire in the water.’
      • ‘Jen looked poised and beautiful, the quintessential bride, in red patent-leather Betty Boop heels.’
      • ‘It's lovely to watch their progress as they grow from cute and clumsy children into poised and elegant women.’
      • ‘It is a beautifully poised and lean wine, as befits its musical signature of the shrill hunting horn.’
      • ‘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?’
      elegant, stylish, tasteful, refined, sophisticated, dignified, distinguished, discerning, with good taste
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