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[hahy-soun-ding] /ˈhaɪˈsaʊn dɪŋ/
having an impressive or pretentious sound; grand:
the high-sounding titles of minor officials.
Origin of high-sounding
First recorded in 1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Bubble-characters have burst, and high-sounding phrases have been exploded.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • He has been deluded by a high-sounding prophecy, and it has come to little.

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope
  • Yes, boys—both of them, for all their priestly and high-sounding titles.

    Historic Boys

    Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • They all call themselves Portuguese, and own high-sounding Portuguese surnames.

  • My nephew's children named them, which accounts for their high-sounding titles.

    The Lilac Lady Ruth Alberta Brown
  • To "help humanity" is a very attractive and high-sounding term.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting
  • He had a high-sounding title to his name, but neither knife nor fork!

British Dictionary definitions for high-sounding


another term for high-flown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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