A name given to a person based on his/her fashion sense or musical tastes by people who think that:

A. Just because someone is wearing clothes from Hot Topic it means that they're trying to be goth, or

B. Just because someone listens to The Ramones it means that they're trying to be punk.

There are some more examples, but these are some of the more common ones. Most people that call others posers are saying that these people are trying to be goths or punks. These people never consider that maybe, just maybe.. these guys simply like the clothes or music!

It has nothing to do with what they want to BE, but simply what they LIKE, so they go ahead and do it. It's like assuming that just because a white guy wants to rap, that he's automatically a wigger. Rap doesn't automatically mean you're gonna speak in ebonics and rap about bitches and hoes, or how "gangsta" you are. Only when that IS the case.. you can go and call him a wigger, but otherwise, no.

It's the same with these so-called "goths" and "punks". A stud-belt from Hot Topic doesn't mean that person slits his wrists and cries all day because his life sucks, nor does liking the band Green Day mean that person wants to rebel against society, get a mohawk, and tell everyone else to fuck off.

However.. the easiest way to tell a true poser from a non-poser would be that, if a poser actually gets called a poser, he/she'd overreact quite angrily and surprised.
Wigger: omg look at dat wannabe goth over der wit dose chain pants from Hot Topic lol ur such a goth poser

Non-Idiot: Umm.. no, actually I got these pants because I thought they look cool. Do you have a problem with that?

Wigger: Yea I do!! I'm an awesum rapper wit all mah hoes and rims, who says I'm from da street even tho I wuz raised in a 6-story mansion!!

Non-Idiot: Well in that case, go and tell someone to yell at you instead of coming here like an idiot and calling me a poser... you poser.

Wigger: omg stfu I fukkin hate u u wannabe goth bitch go slit ur wrists u fag

Non-Idiot: I've never slit my wrists in my whole life, moron.
by SomeBadJoke August 11, 2006
A poser is someone who tries to fit into a profile they aren't. People who try to give off the impression that they are one thing when they are really another.
Also, a poser can be one who says they can do something that they can't.
Or more commonly, a poser is someone who, when doing something successfully, takes more than enough credit for it.
Lots of types of Posers, for example The guys who hang out with skateboarders but can't actually skate, even though they have a board.
by K~ August 10, 2003
Half the people at my school.
Hanes Midle school in Winston-Salem, NC is full to bursting with posers.
by the wife of a lady October 17, 2003
A dumbass hypocrite trendwhore conformist asshole who can't think for his/herself. They like anything their friends like, like a band, and usually don't know any songs by that band. When you ask them they usually say they like all of their songs and never mention one.

They also like Anything thats popular and usually don't know any music beyond mainstream. Loves to jump on bandwagons and bash things other people bash. They love to be "cool", they will try to call YOU a poser, even though you aren't labeling yourself, like they are.

Oh, and if you call Good Charlotte posers just because everyone else does, you're technically THEE poser, because you're being a conformist. I don't like Good Charlotte anyway, but people need to stop bashing them.
Dumbass Poser: lolz I lyk My chemical romance im sooo punk now. wots ur favorite band?

Me: Alice In Chains

Dumbass Poser: OMG WTF WTF UR A POSER!!! LMAO!! LOLOLOL!!!

Me: I never even labeled myself, so technically I am not a "poser".

Dumbass Poser: UH HUH CUZ U LYK ALICE IN CHAINS N THEY R NOT COOL

Me: um Okay...So...what is your favorite songs by My Chemical Romance?

Dumbass Poser: um...i lyk all of them:)

Me: Suuure you do.
by AliceInChainsRock May 04, 2006
A poser is a girl/guy who listens to a certain type of music or dresses a certain way to impress people or to fit into a certain crowd. often times people get mixed up with those who are posers and those who are not. If you go out buy a sk8r-boi sweatshirt and a skate board and go out on the town and ride around and some one shouts out " fucking poser" are you one ? NO! Come on people..you went out and bought the skateboard so you could...erm GET BETTER! Seriously how are you ever going to become a skateboarder if you dont practice and get better? *cough exactly* now in a different situation. Lets say you go out buy a skateboard...by the way you dont even know the brand of the board and you go out with your friends and just sit there while they do there little skateboarding tricks ... so basically you are just there to look cool..then are you a poser. Yah? yes!
stephen22: Hey i bought the board
sk84life: oh awesome...wut is it?
stephen22: um i donno man ...its blue and white...ermmm....ya
sk84life: man get it together... all the guys are talkin bout u now.
stephen22: wut? why?
sk84life: man they r sayin that u are a poser...
stephen22: well...i'm not?
sk84life: when u dont know wut your own board is then we have a problem
....Dead Silence....
by Alyssa June 22, 2004
Someone who can't get the fact that they look stupid trying to be something they're not
The POSER tries to be all hardcore even though with others shes madly in love with rap shit
by Anonymous December 07, 2002
From "poseur." This usually refers to someone who attempts to be part of a clique punk, skater, goth, etc. - never preppy, but out of a desire to be recognized as a member of that clique rather than sincerity. Of late, however, the word has been overused; any newcomer is now generally considered a "poser," regardless of motive.
This word is especially popular in rambling, misspelled sessions on AIM.
1. "Look at him - he dresses in black and says he's a goth, but he's never even read Edgar Allan Poe. What a poser."
2. "omg u r not punk u preppy POSER!!!!!!!1!!!"
by Charon May 21, 2003
What punks/skaters/goths call people who try to be punks/skaters/goths but are too mainstream. Personally I think that this whole "anything that's mainstream is bad" idea is retarded. Don't you people realize that if you're punk, goth, skater, or whatever you are that you're still conforming, just to a different group? When everybody's an "individual," no one is. The people you call "posers" are the ones who do what they want and don't care what anybody else thinks, and thats the way it should be. Who the hell are you to decide whats "punk" and whats not? If people think they're punk but they wear Abercrombie, then just let them be, they're being themselves.
I'm a girl, and I wear Abercrombie and American Eagle clothes. I also wear a lot of pink and I wear makeup to school. But if you look in my garage, you will find a $130 skateboard and about 10 different ramps and grind bars. Call me a poser if you want, but I'm just being myself.
by Prodigy IV September 29, 2006
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