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po-faced

 (pō′fāst′)
adj. Chiefly British
Priggishly disapproving.

[From po, chamberpot (a po-faced expression being likened to that of a person observing the contents of a chamber pot with disgust), from French pot de chambre, chamber pot : pot, pot + de, of + chambre, room.]

po-faced

adj
(of a person) wearing a disapproving stern expression
[C20: possibly from po + poker-faced]

po-faced

(ˈpoʊˌfeɪst)
adj.
Chiefly Brit. having an overly serious demeanor or attitude; humorless.
[1930–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.po-faced - humorless and disapproving
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
humorless, humourless, unhumorous - lacking humor; "it was a humorless wink; a wink of warning"- Truman Capote

po-faced

adjective humourless, disapproving, solemn, prim, puritanical, narrow-minded, stolid, prudish, strait-laced a politically-correct bastion of po-faced self-righteousness
Translations

po-faced

[ˌpəʊˈfeɪst] ADJque mira con desaprobación, severo

po-faced

adj (inf: = disapproving) → grimmig, mürrisch; a po-faced woman (= ugly)eine Schrulle (inf)
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