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[pom-puh s] /ˈpɒm pəs/
characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or importance:
a pompous minor official.
ostentatiously lofty or high-flown:
a pompous speech.
Archaic. characterized by pomp, or a display of stately splendor or magnificence:
an impressive and pompous funeral.
Origin of pompous
First recorded in 1325-75; Middle English word from Late Latin word pompōsus. See pomp, -ous
Related forms
pompously, adverb
unpompous, adjective
unpompously, adverb
unpompousness, noun
1. pretentious. 2. inflated, turgid, bombastic. Unabridged
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  • The pompous landau rolled up to the house at a quarter to eleven.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • Not at all; her book is simply strange and pompous, wearisome and cold.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • She was nobody in the pompous new household but Master Tommy's nurse.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • There is no hope in the pompous impersonalities of internationalism.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • It is not the sectarian anxiety of any pompous little clique to get "saved" in the artistic "narrow path."

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for pompous


exaggeratedly or ostentatiously dignified or self-important
ostentatiously lofty in style: a pompous speech
(rare) characterized by ceremonial pomp or splendour
Derived Forms
pompously, adverb
pompousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pompous

late 14c., "characterized by exaggerated self-importance," from Old French pompos (14c., Modern French pompeux) and directly from Late Latin pomposus "stately, pompous," from Latin pompa "pomp" (see pomp). More literal (but less common) meaning "characterized by pomp" is attested from early 15c. Related: Pompously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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