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Desperado
03-28-2009, 05:05 PM
dictionary.com doesn't seem to explain it very well

Mellow Chaos
03-28-2009, 05:33 PM
It's all about the context clues.

chicapowerpunk
03-28-2009, 05:34 PM
Means that you want or intend to be more of who you are.......
For example: The wealthy who behave as rich....but they are not.....:D

delboy
03-28-2009, 06:17 PM
I've been taught to think it means a show-off, showy etc.

OlderThanYou
03-28-2009, 10:48 PM
Good old Merriam-Webster comes through again...


making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value or standing) <the pretentious fraud who assumes a love of culture that is alien to him — Richard Watts> b: expressive of affected, unwarranted, or exaggerated importance, worth, or stature <pretentious language> <pretentious houses>

If someone called you pretentious, it more than likely wasn't a compliment. More than likely, they think you are mighty full of yourself. ;)

Lizardus
03-29-2009, 12:49 AM
dictionary.com doesn't seem to explain it very well

Did you find a picture of Maria?

wheelchairman
03-29-2009, 02:49 AM
Means that you want or intend to be more of who you are.......
For example: The wealthy who behave as rich....but they are not.....:D

You know, you really are the last person who should be teaching English on this bbs.

Pretentious is just a fancy way of saying snob, usually about cultural matters.