Definition of poise noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɔɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔɪz//
    [uncountable] Confident
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  1. 1a calm and confident manner with control of your feelings or behaviour His performance was full of maturity and poise. She seemed embarrassed for a moment but quickly recovered her poise. See related entries: Confident
  2. 2the ability to move or stand in an elegant way with good control of your body
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘weight’): from Old French pois, peis (noun), peser (verb), from an alteration of Latin pensum ‘weight’, from the verb pendere ‘weigh’. From the early senses of ‘weight’ and ‘measure of weight’ arose the sense of ‘equal weight, balance’, leading to the extended senses ‘composure’ and ‘elegant bearing’.Extra examples She hesitated briefly but quickly regained her poise. She never lost her social poise, however awkward the situation. the natural poise and balance of the body He struggled to retain his poise. Her performance was full of maturity and poise.
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