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adjective,haugh·ti·er, haugh·ti·est.
  1. disdainfully proud; scornfully arrogant; snobbish; supercilious: haughty aristocrats;a haughty salesclerk.

  2. Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.

Origin of haughty

First recorded in 1520–30; obsolete haught (spelling variant of late Middle English haute, from Middle French, from Latin altus “high,” with h-, from Germanic; compare Old High German hok “high”) + -y1

synonym study For haughty

1. See proud.

Other words for haughty

Opposites for haughty

Other words from haughty

  • haugh·ti·ly, adverb
  • haugh·ti·ness, noun
  • o·ver·haugh·ti·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·haugh·ty, adjective

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How to use haughty in a sentence

  • “But this is not a case of attending a patient, Baron,” said David Arden, a little haughtily.

    Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • He turned to Miller, and said haughtily in his imperfect English, “Did you see the cheat, you?”

  • The host hastily poured whiskey-and-soda lest he should look haughtily expectant.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • He drew himself up rather haughtily in reply to one question, and glanced uneasily at the girl.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The same amount of pride which makes a man treat haughtily his inferiors, makes him cringe servilely to those above him.

British Dictionary definitions for haughty


/ (ˈhɔːtɪ) /

adjective-tier or -tiest
  1. having or showing arrogance

  2. archaic noble or exalted

Origin of haughty

C16: from Old French haut, literally: lofty, from Latin altus high

Derived forms of haughty

  • haughtily, adverb
  • haughtiness, noun

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