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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


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1. lordly, disdainful, contemptuous. See proud.


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

Historical Examples

  • "Call me Mr. Davis, if you please," said Halbert, haughtily.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Mary raised her head, haughtily, with a gesture of high disdain.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "I was not speaking," said Miss Whitmore, haughtily, in futile denial.

  • Not haughtily—not even condescendingly—just as a matter of course.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • "You will do about that as you think proper," said Lady Delacour haughtily.

British Dictionary definitions for haughtily


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 haughtily



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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