- having an impressive or pretentious sound; grand: the high-sounding titles of minor officials.
Origin of high-sounding
First recorded in 1550–60
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Related Wordsaureate, bombastic, booming, declamatory, flowery, fustian, grandiloquent, high-flown, loud, magniloquent, orotund, overblown, powerful, resounding, rhetorical, rich, ringing, rotund, swollen, thundering
Examples from the Web for high-sounding
He gave himself a high-sounding title: Photo Coordinator for the Western Front.From Robert Capa’s Editor, Unearthed Scenes of Normandy, Summer 1944
June 6, 2014
It certainly seems to have the high-sounding tome of a presidential pronouncement.The Obama Doctrine At Last?
February 27, 2011
Click Image To View Our Gallery of Memorable U.N. Moments For all the high-sounding rhetoric, this is an awful week.The Hotspots No Speech Can Fix
Leslie H. Gelb
September 23, 2009
Bubble-characters have burst, and high-sounding phrases have been exploded.Shoulder-Straps
He has been deluded by a high-sounding prophecy, and it has come to little.Simon Dale
Yes, boys—both of them, for all their priestly and high-sounding titles.Historic Boys
Elbridge Streeter Brooks
They all call themselves Portuguese, and own high-sounding Portuguese surnames.
My nephew's children named them, which accounts for their high-sounding titles.The Lilac Lady
Ruth Alberta Brown
- another term for high-flown
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