high-and-mighty

[ hahy-uh n-mahy-tee, -uh nd- ]
/ ˈhaɪ ənˈmaɪ ti, -ənd- /

adjective

haughty; arrogant.
Related formshigh-and-might·i·ness, noun

Definition for high-and-mighty (2 of 2)

high and mighty


noun

(used with a plural verb) persons who are members of or identify with the higher social strata of society, especially those who are powerful or arrogant (usually preceded by the).

adverb

in a self-important, grandiose, or arrogant manner: They talk high and mighty, but they owe everyone in town. Now don't go getting all high and mighty on me.

Origin of high and mighty

1150–1200; Middle English: title of dignity
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Idioms and Phrases with high-and-mighty

high and mighty


Conceited, haughty, as in She was too high and mighty to make her own bed. This expression originally alluded to high-born rulers and was being transferred to the merely arrogant by the mid-1600s.

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