or high·fa·lu·tin', hi·fa·lu·tin, hi·fa·lu·tin'


adjective Informal.

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

1830–40; high + falutin (perhaps orig. flutin, variant of fluting, present participle of flute)
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Contemporary Examples of highfalutin

Historical Examples of highfalutin

  • No use to beat about the bush and pretend to be highfalutin'.

    The Narrow House

    Evelyn Scott

  • "You're not going to cement it by a tariff or a highfalutin' proclamation," he answered.

  • There was going to be no shilly-shallying, no highfalutin theorizings.


    Ben Hecht

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for highfalutin


hifalutin highfaluting


informal pompous or pretentious

Word Origin for highfalutin

C19: from high + -falutin, perhaps variant of fluting, from flute
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