or hi·fa·lu·tin'




or high·fa·lu·tin', hi·fa·lu·tin, hi·fa·lu·tin'


adjective Informal.

pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious.
Also high·fa·lu·ting [hahy-fuh-loo-ting, hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlu tɪŋ, ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/.

Origin of highfalutin

1830–40; high + falutin (perhaps orig. flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute)
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Examples from the Web for hifalutin

Historical Examples of hifalutin

  • He has no useless flourish in his manner, and none of the 'hifalutin' in his style.

  • Nor, Im jes er plain ole biznes man,—I ain got no fightin sense like dese rip snortin, hifalutin solger boys.

    Bypaths in Dixie

    Sarah Johnson Cocke

  • He said at the time that he knew she'd bring him bad luck—she being his thirteenth—and she did, she was that hifalutin.

    The Lions of the Lord

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "That's her hifalutin way of putting on the dog, nurse," Doctor Parris grinned wickedly.

    Old Mr. Wiley

    Fanny Greye La Spina

  • I fed and bedded your hifalutin' chickens though I'm sort of uneasy around that one high-steppin' rooster.

    The Black Fawn

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

British Dictionary definitions for hifalutin



a variant spelling of highfalutin


hifalutin highfaluting


informal pompous or pretentious

Word Origin for highfalutin

C19: from high + -falutin, perhaps variant of fluting, from flute
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