SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective, haugh·ti·er, haugh·ti·est. disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk. . Archaic lofty or noble; exalted. Origin of haughty 1520–30;
(spelling variant of
late Middle English haute
Old High German hok
-y 1 Related forms haugh·ti·ly, adverb haugh·ti·ness, noun o·ver·haugh·ti·ly, adverb o·ver·haugh·ti·ness, noun o·ver·haugh·ty, adjective
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Related Words for haughtily selfishly
contemptuously Examples from the Web for haughtily Historical Examples of haughtily
"Call me Mr. Davis, if you please," said Halbert,
Mary raised her head,
haughtily, with a gesture of high disdain.
"I was not speaking," said Miss Whitmore,
haughtily, in futile denial.
haughtily—not even condescendingly—just as a matter of course.
"You will do about that as you think proper," said Lady Delacour
haughtily. British Dictionary definitions for haughtily adjective -tier or -tiest having or showing arrogance archaic noble or exalted Derived Forms haughtily, adverb haughtiness, noun Word Origin for haughty
C16: from Old French
haut, literally: lofty, from Latin altus high
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Word Origin and History for haughtily 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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