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Monday, July 24, 2017
Definitions for highfalutin
  1. Informal. pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious.

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Citations for highfalutin
Domenic was at a back table talking to a suited man in the sombre, highfalutin English he put on for people of stature, in this case probably the noodle salesman. Nino Ricci, The Origin of Species, 2008
We've got a job to do," Mac insisted. "We've got no time to mess around with high-falutin' ideas." John Steinbeck, In Dubious Battle, 1936
Origin of highfalutin
1830-1840
Highfalutin came to English 1830s. It might find its origins in flutin, a variant of fluting, the present participle of flute.
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