[ haw-tee ]
/ ˈhɔ ti /

adjective, haugh·ti·er, haugh·ti·est.

disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty salesclerk.
Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.

Nearby words

  1. haud,
  2. hauf,
  3. haugh,
  4. haughey,
  5. haught,
  6. hauhau,
  7. haul,
  8. haul off,
  9. haul over the coals,
  10. haul up

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

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/ (ˈhɔːtɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

having or showing arrogance
archaic noble or exalted
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 haughty



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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