A term used by pseudo-intellectuals to insult other pseudo-intellectuals.
Person 1: He is so intelligent.

Person 2: Bullshit! He's a pseudo-intellectual.
by pseudo joel February 14, 2013
1) A blithering idiot that quotes works he doesn't truly understand, mearly repeating what they said so that will seem smart, usually done for his own self esteem.

2) All of Yahoo chat's Graveyard 1's 'Regs'. This is not the only known case of chat eliteism.
pseudo-intellectual Chat Elitest: You made a typo, how pedestrian. I'm a reg, and you're just a sub-reg, I'm a chat diety.
by Cz-100 July 30, 2006
Gucci-glasses wearing pricks who think they are smart.
English Literature Professor: So let's discuss Henry the Fifth.

Pseudo-Intellectual: Well much more evidence has come about showing that Shakespeare was gay.

Is that all you are capable of adding to the conversation? We are talking about the story of a King of England, his personal and political turmoils, war, written by the Bard, and you think it's even relevant that maybe the Bard smoked a little pole? Who the fuck cares! Sucking cock doesn't make you legitimate. Being fucking awesome does. Stop seeking legitimacy by saying fucking awesome person X was gay. Just because your dad hated you and rejected you, don't try to refute that by being all "well the Bard sucked cock and he wrote significant works of art".

Go out and do something with your life, and stop wasting my time.
by Schleb August 10, 2009
Someone who pretends to be more intelligent than they are.
A hipster is a prime example of a pseudo-intellectual.
by louche22 September 11, 2012
Created solely as an attempt to display the author's intellectual prowess though actually void of real pith; intellectualism as style rather than substance. Often relies on heavy name dropping and erudite, obscure terminology instead of easily understood, common words.
As much as I like DJ Spooky, when he starts talking on the CD I always skip the tracks to avoid his long pseudointellectual musings.
by Ryan March 09, 2005
1. Non-intellectuals who can at least keep up the appearance for fifteen minutes.
2. Cop-out postmodernists.
3. Critics.
...After fifteen minutes over coffee discussing the qualities of Emerson's work as being original, he screamed in desperation: "There is nothing left to be original about! There is nothing original left! I see no value in anything because everything has already been thought!" He then made an effort to point out the flaws in a friend's poem and how she could improve it with synonyms and left in silence.
by heroin hiroshima May 01, 2005
Refers to two types of individuals:

1) Someone who lacks knowledge, but who tries to compensate by pretending to be very smart, by carrying around impressive looking books on science, math, literature, and related subjects. May also wear a trendy, sophisticated pair of eyeglasses.

For the most part, this type is harmless.

2) Someone who has a serious personality disorder. These types derive a great deal of pleasure by "enlightening" others with their "brilliance" and "wit".

Their primary method of operation is to use irony and sarcasm to taunt those who they believe do not live up to their standards. Virtually every word out of their mouth is some unnecessary, smartass remark.

They lack the ability to have a genuine, sincere conversation with anyone. Instead of having a healthy, balanced, back-and-forth exchange, they pontificate and talk down to those who have the misfortune of not escaping the room before they walk in.

It is a waste of time to point out to these disturbed individuals that their behavior is obnoxious, as they will inform you that you simply lack the ability to understand their "superior" view of the world.

Basically, it's someone who thinks that being an argumentative wiseass somehow makes them cultured and fun to be around, and that shouting at the rain and being disagreeable for the sake of being disagreeable somehow makes them substantive.
Me: "I think I'd like some barbecue sauce with my chicken nuggets."

Pseudo-intellectual: "What part of the chicken does the nugget come from, and are the chickens free range, and is the barbecue sauce the same red color as the blood that runs through the streets of Baghdad because of the evil American capitalism and imperialism that empowers greedy coporations such as McDonald's to exist?!"

Me: "Shut up, you delusional pseudo-intellectual."
by Mike_29 August 16, 2009
Pseudo-intellectuals tend to own themselves using the word, "pseudo-intellectual".
"You should stop trying to be pseudo-intellectual and just accept that you're an idiot," the internet elitist said proudly, his puny bear chest puffing at the cleverness of his retort.
by GoogleItNukka August 29, 2010

Free Daily Email

Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!

Emails are sent from daily@urbandictionary.com. We'll never spam you.

×