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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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  • The haughtiness of others can never make us angry, if we ourselves are humble.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "He took me in," she began, almost apologetically to Rosa, who surveyed her with some haughtiness.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • "I do not understand you," said Mr. Morris, with some haughtiness.

  • I will not fear the strength of thy shoulders, and the haughtiness of thy crest.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • "Certainly," said Geoff, but not without a slight touch of haughtiness.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • There is a tinge of haughtiness in her manner as she interrupts him.

  • Then he suddenly stiffened, and put on an expression of haughtiness.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • "I do not choose to have it so," replied Mercedes, with all the haughtiness of her father.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • I was afraid of her haughtiness humiliating me, and perhaps I was wrong.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for haughtiness


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 haughtiness

1550s, from haughty + -ness. Earlier was haughtness (late 15c.).



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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