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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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Related Words for haughtiness

disdain, conceit, pomposity, arrogance, aloofness, insolence, loftiness, contempt, pride, hauteur, superciliousness, contemptuousness

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Contemporary Examples of haughtiness

Historical Examples of haughtiness

  • The haughtiness of others can never make us angry, if we ourselves are humble.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "He took me in," she began, almost apologetically to Rosa, who surveyed her with some haughtiness.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "I do not understand you," said Mr. Morris, with some haughtiness.

  • I will not fear the strength of thy shoulders, and the haughtiness of thy crest.


    William Godwin

  • "Certainly," said Geoff, but not without a slight touch of haughtiness.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

British Dictionary definitions for haughtiness


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


1550s, from haughty + -ness. Earlier was haughtness (late 15c.).

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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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