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or highfalutin', hifalutin, hifalutin'

[hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/
adjective, Informal.
pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious.
Also, highfaluting
[hahy-fuh-loo-ting, hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlu tɪŋ, ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/ (Show IPA)
Origin of highfalutin
1830-40; high + falutin (perhaps orig. flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for highfalutin
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  • No use to beat about the bush and pretend to be highfalutin'.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • "You're not going to cement it by a tariff or a highfalutin' proclamation," he answered.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • There was going to be no shilly-shallying, no highfalutin theorizings.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • I felt a chill go over me—the whole business was tricky, stagy; of a piece with the highfalutin talk.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • He hated the "highfalutin" bearing of these "furriners," who carried their chins aloft like masters of creation.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for highfalutin


(informal) pompous or pretentious
Word Origin
C19: from high + -falutin, perhaps variant of fluting, from flute
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Slang definitions & phrases for highfalutin



Overblown and pretentious; bombastic; stilted: take one with ideas less ''highfalutin' ''/ stilted, overstrained, and as the Americans would say, hifalutin

[1848+; origin unknown; originally a gerund, seemingly based on a verb high falute, suggesting a humorous alteration of flute; perhaps fr a blend of highflown with some other element; perhaps fr Dutch verlooten, ''stilted'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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