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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Contemporary Examples of high-sounding

Historical Examples of high-sounding

  • Bubble-characters have burst, and high-sounding phrases have been exploded.


    Henry Morford

  • He has been deluded by a high-sounding prophecy, and it has come to little.

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for high-sounding



another term for high-flown
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