- haughty; arrogant.
high and mighty
- (used with a plural verb) persons who are members of or identify with the higher social strata of society, especially those who are powerful or arrogant (usually preceded by the).
- in a self-important, grandiose, or arrogant manner: They talk high and mighty, but they owe everyone in town. Now don't go getting all high and mighty on me.
Origin of high and mighty
Examples from the Web for high-and-mighty
I'll yet see that high-and-mighty Cooper swinging from a tree.Shaman
They could drop her as easily as they had picked her up, these high-and-mighty Melroses!The Beloved Woman
Mark you, Mr. High-and-Mighty, we owe you one grudge already.The Crime Club
She gives me the hot creeps with her condescending, high-and-mighty ways.The New Mistress
George Manville Fenn
I don't care, as long as they'll keep the high-and-mighty Errington in his place.Thelma
Idioms and Phrases with high-and-mighty
Conceited, haughty, as in She was too high and mighty to make her own bed. This expression originally alluded to high-born rulers and was being transferred to the merely arrogant by the mid-1600s.