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

Origin of high-flown

First recorded in 1640–50

Synonyms for high-flown

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  • He is discoursing in a high-flown vein, which may be compared to the 'dithyrambics of the Phaedrus.'

  • He returned a high-flown phrase of thanks in a bitter, absent whisper.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • Also, that whenever he killed a calf he made a high-flown speech over it.

  • For the next two days Carrie indulged in the most high-flown speculations.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • These high-flown lectures and discussions have filled all their heads with nonsense.

British Dictionary definitions for high-flown



extravagant or pretentious in conception or intentionhigh-flown ideas
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