- disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.
- Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.
Origin of haughty
1520–30; obsolete haught (spelling variant of late Middle English haute < Middle French < Latin altus high, with h- < Germanic; compare Old High German hok high) + -y1
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1. lordly, disdainful, contemptuous. See proud.
1. humble, unpretentious, unassuming.
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Examples from the Web for haughtiest
And what are the haughtiest of us, but the ephemeral aristocrats of a summer's day?The Toll Gatherer's Day (From "Twice Told Tales")
“If you wish,” replied Leopold at his haughtiest and coldest.The Princess Virginia
C. N. Williamson
No, but the girl does; she's the haughtiest and the vainest damsel in the province.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
"Your apology is more than sufficient, monsieur," in her haughtiest tones.The Rose of Old St. Louis
Brynhild was the haughtiest of women, and often she treated Gudrun with disdain.The Children of Odin
- having or showing arrogance
- archaic noble or exalted
C16: from Old French haut, literally: lofty, from Latin altus high
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Word Origin and History for haughtiest
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