- 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 haughtiness
And surely big shots like these, with their haughtiness and hedonism, have it coming.GOP Primaries Provide a Feast for Our Schadenfreude Appetite
Eric G. Wilson
January 19, 2012
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
"I do not understand you," said Mr. Morris, with some haughtiness.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
I will not fear the strength of thy shoulders, and the haughtiness of thy crest.Imogen
"Certainly," said Geoff, but not without a slight touch of haughtiness.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot
- 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 haughtiness
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