- 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 haughtily
"Call me Mr. Davis, if you please," said Halbert, haughtily.Brave and Bold
Mary raised her head, haughtily, with a gesture of high disdain.Within the Law
"I was not speaking," said Miss Whitmore, haughtily, in futile denial.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Not haughtily—not even condescendingly—just as a matter of course.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
"You will do about that as you think proper," said Lady Delacour haughtily.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- 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 haughtily
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