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[hahy-flohn] /ˈhaɪˈfloʊn/
extravagant in aims, pretensions, etc.
pretentiously lofty; bombastic:
We couldn't endure his high-flown oratory.
Origin of high-flown
First recorded in 1640-50
2. florid, flowery, magniloquent, grandiloquent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He is discoursing in a high-flown vein, which may be compared to the 'dithyrambics of the Phaedrus.'

    Cratylus Plato
  • He returned a high-flown phrase of thanks in a bitter, absent whisper.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Also, that whenever he killed a calf he made a high-flown speech over it.

  • For the next two days Carrie indulged in the most high-flown speculations.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • These high-flown lectures and discussions have filled all their heads with nonsense.

  • Lady Lufton, with all her high-flown ideas, was not an imprudent woman.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
  • None on airth, Miss Purcel—do let me have the high-flown satisfaction.

    The Tithe-Proctor William Carleton
  • The papyri of this period are full of the high-flown titles and affected phraseology which was so beloved of Byzantine scribes.

British Dictionary definitions for high-flown


extravagant or pretentious in conception or intention: high-flown ideas
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