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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 highfaluting
Historical Examples
  • His language in those telegrams and letters was highfaluting and bombastic.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • How gorgeous to belong to a highfaluting family that's got legends and ghosts.

  • He's got to give up this highfaluting nonsense of his if he expects me to support him.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Now, however, he felt that Gabriel's highfaluting nonsense was carrying him away.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Well, you're a nice one with your history to put on these highfaluting, righteous airs, aren't you?

    The Ancient Law Ellen Glasgow
  • In point of style it is a curious jumble of American sense and Southern highfaluting.

  • After dinner her father pleaded for a music-hall as against what he called "some highfaluting, teacup English play."

    The Agony Column Earl Derr Biggers
British Dictionary definitions for highfaluting


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



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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