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haughty

[haw-tee] /ˈhɔ ti/
adjective, haughtier, haughtiest.
1.
disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious:
haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.
2.
Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.
Origin of haughty
late Middle English
1520-1530
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
Synonyms
1. lordly, disdainful, contemptuous. See proud.
Antonyms
1. humble, unpretentious, unassuming.
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  • "I crave pardon," interrupted Aspasia, with haughty impatience.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Notwithstanding her haughty air, she was said to be very good and kind.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The haughty droop of the eyes was focussed now upon the Assistant Commissioner.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The haughty smile was yet on his lip when the door opened and the prince entered.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Which is as much as to say that I took it," burst from haughty Roland.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for haughty

haughty

/ˈhɔːtɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
having or showing arrogance
2.
(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 haughty
adj.

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.

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