- 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 haughty
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.Why the World’s Armies Don’t Want U.S. Tech Anymore
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But haughty talk may not dissuade Italians from following their former leader.The ‘Unbreakable’ Silvio Berlusconi
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January 31, 2013
But these are not times when we need to be uplifted and showered with haughty rhetoric.Why I'm for Mitt
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They have to rebut his lies, and they have to do it without sounding bitter or afraid or superior or haughty.Michael Tomasky on Paul Ryan’s Convention Speech and His Web of Lies
August 30, 2012
And not the least haughty or intimidating or acerbic, but helpful, constructive, and conscientious.Putting Words in Gore Vidal’s Mouth—a Copywriter Recalls the 1982 Senate Campaign
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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
The haughty droop of the eyes was focussed now upon the Assistant Commissioner.The Secret Agent
The haughty smile was yet on his lip when the door opened and the prince entered.Calderon The Courtier
"Which is as much as to say that I took it," burst from haughty Roland.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- 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 haughty
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