high-flown

[hahy-flohn]

adjective

extravagant in aims, pretensions, etc.
pretentiously lofty; bombastic: We couldn't endure his high-flown oratory.

Nearby words

  1. high-energy,
  2. high-energy phosphate bond,
  3. high-energy physics,
  4. high-falutin',
  5. high-five,
  6. high-flyer,
  7. high-flying,
  8. high-fructose corn syrup,
  9. high-grade,
  10. high-handed

Origin of high-flown

First recorded in 1640–50

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high-flown

adjective

extravagant or pretentious in conception or intentionhigh-flown ideas
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