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haughty

[haw-tee]
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adjective, haugh·ti·er, haugh·ti·est.
  1. disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.
  2. Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.
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Origin of haughty

1520–30; obsolete haught (spelling variant of late Middle English haute < Middle French < Latin altus high, with h- < Germanic; compare Old High German hok high) + -y1
Related formshaugh·ti·ly, adverbhaugh·ti·ness, nouno·ver·haugh·ti·ly, adverbo·ver·haugh·ti·ness, nouno·ver·haugh·ty, adjective

Synonyms

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1. lordly, disdainful, contemptuous. See proud.

Antonyms

1. humble, unpretentious, unassuming.
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Examples from the Web for haughtiest

Historical Examples

  • And what are the haughtiest of us, but the ephemeral aristocrats of a summer's day?

    The Toll Gatherer's Day (From "Twice Told Tales")

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • “If you wish,” replied Leopold at his haughtiest and coldest.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • No, but the girl does; she's the haughtiest and the vainest damsel in the province.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • "Your apology is more than sufficient, monsieur," in her haughtiest tones.

  • Brynhild was the haughtiest of women, and often she treated Gudrun with disdain.


British Dictionary definitions for haughtiest

haughty

adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. having or showing arrogance
  2. archaic noble or exalted
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Derived Formshaughtily, adverbhaughtiness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French haut, literally: lofty, from Latin altus high
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Word Origin and History for haughtiest

haughty

adj.

1520s, an extension of haught (q.v.) "high in one's own estimation" by addition of -y (2) on model of might/mighty, naught/naughty, etc. Middle English also had hautif in this sense (mid-15c., from Old French hautif). Related: Haughtily.

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