or high·fa·lu·tin', hi·fa·lu·tin, hi·fa·lu·tin'
- pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious.
Also high·fa·lu·ting [hahy-fuh-loo-ting, hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlu tɪŋ, ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/.
Origin of highfalutin
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Related Wordsarrogant, boastful, conceited, grandiose, important, lofty, ostentatious, overbearing, presumptuous, pretentious, puffy, self-centered, stuck-up, swanky, uppity, vain
Examples from the Web for highfalutin
Initially, we're meant to identify with Hart, who objects whenever Cohle's highfalutin Satre-isms get out of hand.‘True Detective’ Review: You Have to Watch HBO’s Revolutionary Crime Classic
January 11, 2014
He hated anything that was highfalutin, and he had a BS detector—his phrase again—that was unmatched in the business.Jack Germond, a Reporter From Another Time
August 14, 2013
That phrase is maybe too highfalutin, but it's too famous to dispense with.What Comes After the Tea Party?
February 21, 2013
Beyond Human Nature succeeds by delivering serious arguments that challenge the reader without seeming dense or highfalutin.In Defense of Nurture: Jesse Prinz’s ‘Beyond Human Nature’
November 23, 2012
Housed near the Uffizi Gallery, in one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, the museum has some highfalutin neighbors.Night at the Gucci Museum
September 27, 2011
No use to beat about the bush and pretend to be highfalutin'.The Narrow House
"You're not going to cement it by a tariff or a highfalutin' proclamation," he answered.Sonia Between two Worlds
There was going to be no shilly-shallying, no highfalutin theorizings.Gargoyles
I felt a chill go over me—the whole business was tricky, stagy; of a piece with the highfalutin talk.Plain Mary Smith
Henry Wallace Phillips
He hated the "highfalutin" bearing of these "furriners," who carried their chins aloft like masters of creation.The Code of the Mountains
Charles Neville Buck
- informal pompous or pretentious
C19: from high + -falutin, perhaps variant of fluting, from flute
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