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; 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

Synonyms for haughty

Antonyms for haughty

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Contemporary Examples of haughty

Historical Examples of haughty

  • "I crave pardon," interrupted Aspasia, with haughty impatience.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Notwithstanding her haughty air, she was said to be very good and kind.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • The haughty droop of the eyes was focussed now upon the Assistant Commissioner.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The haughty smile was yet on his lip when the door opened and the prince entered.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "Which is as much as to say that I took it," burst from haughty Roland.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for haughty


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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