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[haw-tee] /ˈhɔ ti/
adjective, haughtier, haughtiest.
disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious:
haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.
Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.
Origin of haughty
late Middle English
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
Related forms
haughtily, adverb
haughtiness, noun
overhaughtily, adverb
overhaughtiness, noun
overhaughty, adjective
1. lordly, disdainful, contemptuous. See proud.
1. humble, unpretentious, unassuming. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for haughtily
Historical Examples
  • God has not forgotten them, though they are haughtily ignored by proud Cain, who regards them as nothing in his presence.

  • "I deem it quite unnecessary to do so, sir," answered the Colonel, haughtily.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • “That's my own affair, I fancy,” replied Sir Richard, as haughtily as prudence would permit.

    Checkmate Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • She drew it away and looked at me haughtily, but I saw that I had frightened her.

    The Forsaken Inn Anna Katharine Green
  • "The Hold is the inheritance of my father," haughtily spoke Octave.

    Trevlyn Hold Mrs. Henry Wood
  • “Enough, sir, and more than enough,” haughtily returned the Frenchman.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • "There was no occasion for depending upon strangers," he said, haughtily.

    Three People Pansy
  • "Call me Mr. Davis, if you please," said Halbert, haughtily.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • "I have my reasons for keeping this secret," said Madame de Lucenay, haughtily.

  • Mary raised her head, haughtily, with a gesture of high disdain.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
British Dictionary definitions for haughtily


adjective -tier, -tiest
having or showing arrogance
(archaic) noble or exalted
Derived Forms
haughtily, adverb
haughtiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French haut, literally: lofty, from Latin altus high
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Word Origin and History for haughtily



1520s, an extension of haught (q.v.) "high in one's own estimation" by addition of -y (2) on model of might/mighty, naught/naughty, etc. Middle English also had hautif in this sense (mid-15c., from Old French hautif). Related: Haughtily.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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